Change the world indeed. Our K-12 school years form the crucible which fires elements that comprise and reside within us. At its best, education opens our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to the promise of the larger world, how we might possibility fit in and develop into a contributing member of a community larger than ourselves. The role of architectural and interior design of the schools where this transition takes place is to provide a physical framework for students to experiment, make mistakes, absorb, learn, and ultimately, grow.
Working within a state-of-the-art school environment, images are to demonstrate the integration of functional needs with the aesthetic contribution of design; images are to be representative of how the collaborative design process responded to community needs and the natural environment. The photographer brings creativity, technical skills, and an acumen towards an awareness of class schedules and the timing of image capture to maximize efficiency in relation to student flow.
In planning and logistics, there is sensitivity to security check-in and protocols as well as maintaining a low-profile for minimal disruption of those who learn and work at the school. Image composition also requires a delicate balance as K-12 students are minors. By use of slower shutter speeds and post-production, students are blurred as they move through the space to ensure anonymity. Educators and administration personnel can be model released. Permission to have recognizable children appearing in images is achieved with parent / guardian releases, typically more attainable in private school environs.
Photographing in a K-12 learning environment offers the visual artist an opportunity to capture the designer’s interpretation of pedagogy. Images walk the viewer through varied design aspects, from classrooms to media centers, spaces for art and science, circulation and more.