In preparation for the workshop, please read these pdfs excerpted from Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content: Participate_essays, Participate_intro. Note that these readings specifically reference graphic design but the concepts could be explored equally through photography.
Phase One: Divide up into groups of 5. Spend 15 minutes doing the following:
—Each person share a secret with the group. This should be something that you have never told anyone before. After you tell the secret, select one word to represent it (for example: My secret is that I stole a pack of gum when I was a 11. My word: gum). Try to select secrets that aren’t too gruesome or gross.
—As this process moves through the group, repeat all the previous words before you tell your own secret. (for example: gum, Barbie, baby….my secret is… word is….)
—Once everyone has had a turn, write down all the words (not before, though).
Phase Two:
—Working in groups, brainstorm ideas for taking the resulting set of words and translating them into a series of photographs (1 word per photograph).
—Come up with multiple ideas.  Things to consider: The photographs could be literal interpretations of each word or more symbolic. What would the subjects be? How would you light them? How would they work together as a series?
—Select one idea and go out and photograph. Bring the results back to share with the class.

Interesting Designers To Check Out

Daniel Eatock

Aaron Koblin

Jonathan Puckey, Studio Moniker

Jürg Lehni


1) build community through a participatory process;
2) learning strategies for collaborative making;
3) gain basic skills in developing a conceptual series of photographs

Group 3 Secrets

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Group 4 Secrets

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Group 2 Secrets

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Group 1 Secrets

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