Teaching Materials - Exercise

Tales of Eggs

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

One common challenge for photography students is that they run out of ideas of what to shoot....


Concept / Inspiration:

One common challenge for photography students is that they run out of ideas of what to shoot. To overcome photographer’s block, they may engage themselves in inspiring activities to generate new ideas.

 


Goals:

To help students gain new inspirations within a certain framework and make use of objects to facilitate creativity.


Materials / Equipment:

  • Cameras
  • Toy figures
  • Eggs
  • Pens and paper

Location:

Anywhere


Workshop Description:

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  1. Introduce to students a book called Global Model Village: The International Street Art of Slinkachu. British artist Slinkachu constructed scenes full of dramatic tension by arranging hand-made miniature models in real-life settings. His work blends photography with installation art. After showing Slinkachu’s work to students, the instructor will ask them to take reference to his techniques and use their imagination to create scenes and stories for their photo shoot.

 

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Part One│ Installation and photo shoot (1 hour)
Students will look for their favourite toy figures in the toy shops at Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po. Then, they will incorporate the figures into different scenes and experiment with elements such as projected images to create special effects.

 

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Part Two│ Tales of eggs (1 hour)
This activity is about taking narrative images of eggs. Students can paint faces or motifs on the eggs to tell any kinds of stories they can come up with. They are encouraged to use their imagina-tion and the “facial expressions” of their subjects to help them create a convincing story.

 


Actual Outcome:

Most scenes designed by the students were very creative.

During Part One, some of them put the toy figures into a pot of water and add a few drop of colour for special effects; some put the figures in front of a computer monitor and used the wall paper as the backdrop for the shoot; some even got a Bruce Lee figurine and came up with interesting stories about him.

During Part Two, some students formed a story by putting the eggs next to a frying pan, the one closest to the pan was broken and looked as if it was in pain, while the other eggs looked scared.


Work:

Work by Wong Wing Hong
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Work by Woo Chun Nin
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Student Feedback:

“Slinkachu is amazing! He spent so much time to capture every single shot. I wouldn’t be able to do this.”

“Real eggs are much more fun than the fake ones because you can do more with them.”


Reference Materials:

《Global Model Village: The International Street Art of Slinkachu》

Slinkachu Facebook Page