Portraiture Workshop, Week 4

Monday night was our final session, and we focused on storytelling through photography. We talked about Cindy Sherman's groundbreaking work in the 70's and 80's, including her series Untitled Film Stills, where she shot self-portraits looking like an actress on-set. Sherman's scenes were vague enough to create rich, voyeuristic tension, leaving the viewer with questions of who/what/when/where/why. 

Storytelling through photography is intriguing but tricky. You want to engage your viewer just enough without divulging too much, leaving the rest open to interpretation. In setting a scene, you don't want your subject to over-act; if you're capturing a real-life story, you don't want too much vagueness to deter from your message. 

So, what's the fab Marissa doing in the photos below? That's up to you to figure out.