Glass, Water, mirrors, and even your eye has a reflective quality to it. A reflection happens when light bounced off a surface and not absorbed. What other ways can a subject be reflected?

In this project, you will make a series of images that focus on the theme of reflections. You can be literal or abstract with the theme.

Lee Friedlander is an American photographer, born in 1934, began photographing the American social landscape in 1948. With an ability to organize a vast amount of visual information in dynamic compositions, Friedlander has made humorous and poignant images among the chaos of city life, dense natural landscape, and countless other subjects (

He is one of my favorite photographers due to his compositions had an interesting perspective both visually and socially. For this project, you will hopefully create images that have the spirit for Friedlander that the concept of reflections can have an open meaning.

For more inspiration check out the Outdoor Photography Photo Challenge.


Students will create a series of photographs that focus on the concept of Reflections. In the series of work, students will use the manual settings on the DSLR to capture light. Students are free to edit the images to their desired aesthetic style. 

Students will practice bracketing technique in order to capture better image quality. 



Research: Look for a photographer that you find interesting and has a series of photographs on the assignments theme (Reflections). Print out or summarize the reference artist statement with 3 images.

  1. In this project, you will explore the theme Reflections, and it can be based on the style of your reference artist.
  2. Using the manual settings on your DSLR camera, take at least 40 images. Bracket your images by adjusting the aperture or shutter speed to get three images with different exposures. You can also set your camera setting to bracket images.
  3. Upload the images into a folder labeled Reflections on the server. You can use the file management program of your choice (Lightroom or Bridge).
  4. Edit the images: color balance, exposure, sharpness, and etc.
  5. Place top 10-12 images into the 8×10 template add name and title of each image. Print top 5 images using the Epson large format printer. Upload all images to Weebly and add artist statement.

Artist Statement

Write about your series of images in complete sentences. Each section should have 3-4 sentences and overall your statement should be under a page.

Describe: What are in the images? Identify the patterns, materials used, genre, and style of art.  Talk about your technique and process here too.

Analyze: Look for formal relationships in your images. Find examples of unity through repetition, contrast, composition… Discuss how the elements and principle of art are being applied in your series of images. Where is the center of interest?

Interpret: What is the meaning behind your images? You can use the reference artist as part of your inspiration. Talk your intentions for this project and the meaning of reflections for you.

Judgment: How do you feel about the finished series of images? What were some of your challenges and successes?