Generations:Roots & Layers
As a high school photography teacher one of our favorite digital assignments was for the students to explore their family history through layers of meaning and images and create a final montage or photo story in book form to share with their family.
Besides learning and practicing many innovative digital techniques using cameras, the scanner and Photoshop, students made a meaningful connection to their family roots and elders by asking questions and in turn had an end product to offer back to their families. Creating a composite image allowed layers of generations, times and places to be expressed in one image. One student never knew that her grandfather served in WWII until she talked to her grandmother about this project and came in wearing his dog tags one morning which she scanned and used in her composite. High school students need to feel the support of their extended families and are capable of giving back through their skills in the digital imaging world. The final images brought tears to many a parent and grandparent and became a family keepsake.
Grandmother looking back over homes and family through out her life.