The collaged images displayed, as the photograph for our entry, are still shots taken from the video we created. We have been working collaboratively, since September 2017, to create a video in which over 150 students have been involved. Our video shows the struggles that teens endure such as anxiety, depression, and peer pressure. We used the medium of photography and light painting to depict these struggles. Many students feel they have less real, authentic personal connections with others due to social media, and many students feel alone. We want all teens to know they are not alone. It is normal to have these feelings, and to overcome these struggles is possible. Our video begins with a melancholy tone, then changes by adding positive images, phrases, and color showing joy using light painting to represent that we can overcome darkness. We want all viewers to see that with the help of others, self-love, and by finding light in your world and giving light to others, we can all make positive change. One part of this entry is our video. The second element to our entry is a large board where viewers can share and write down one struggle they have overcome. This again relates to our main idea, we are not alone, and that together we can all light the world. Our objective would be that each person feels empowered that change can happen to them or they can help create change. We can light the path and give hope and love to others, and together we can all light the world and make it a better place for all.
- Art form: 2-D
- Medium: Video and flat panel
- Year created: 2018
About Troy School District
Students in the Athens Photography program this year worked on this project in some aspect. In September during Art Prize, students learned about Art Prize and brainstormed ideas and decided to use light painting and photography to portray a narrative of a teen that is stressed and overwhelmed overcoming their struggles with the help of others. After the idea was decided, each class learned and participated in taking photos and creating images for this project. Over 150 students helped in some way such as modeling, taking photos, using light painting tools, editing photos, etc. to create the video.