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1. Photograph cutouts

Often, cutouts look more human than humans:

Black cop cutout with flash. Downtown la, 2014
Cutout, Hollywood
Loveless cutout

2. Photograph decapitated body parts

Head and shoes.
Windex and legs

3. Photograph your own shadow

Honor thy selfie.

Selfie with legs, SF
Question mark in red, selfie shadow.
Out.
Selfie with x over my head. Istanbul, 2013
Berkeley, 2013

Selfie with shadows. Berkeley, 2013
Yes, we’re local. Berkeley self portrait shadow, 2013

4. Photograph the flag

What does the flag symbolize, and what situations do you see it in? How does that affect the meaning or the “sacredness” of the flag?

American flag. Prague, 2017
American flag. NYC, 2017

Korean War veteran. NYC, 2017. Low angle.

Flag tie

5. Photograph inside grocery stores

When you go to buy groceries, bring your camera along.

Michigan, 2014
Costco, 2014

6. Photograph inside fast food chains

McDonald’s is a great place to enter (briefly), taking a few photos, then leaving.

McDonald’s, SF

7. Photograph churches, and religious iconography

Church of Christ.

8. Photograph fathers with their daughters

Father and daughter in Minnie Mouse hoodie

9. Photograph at or inside gas stations

Woman in gas station with chest tattoo
Bud light, gas station
Folgers, Michigan gas station
Shell gas station sign in blue cloudy sky.
Blankets on back of truck. Gas station

10. Photograph couples

Couple in restaurant in Lansing, Michigan
Suit and woman in Sydney.
Woman and man in suit. London, 2013
Couple in Texas, Mexican restaurant

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