Posted by: vanhoff | April 1, 2008

Off The Beaten Path: Plans for a Murfreesboro Photojournalism Piece

I am creating a photojournal on the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Feel free to comment or leave a suggestion.

A Day in the Life of Murfreesboro 

            The idea for my project is to capture the essence of Murfreesboro by creating an image-based story of how residents live day to day. By using digital photography, the use of fifteen to twenty images will allow for a comprehensive overview of what life is like in Murfreesboro. These images will contain various locations throughout Murfreesboro. However, the emphasis will vary from the rich history of Murfreesboro, to the diversified cultures living within the city. Several sites included for the proposal be Stones River National Battlefield, the Main Street Square, and Middle Tennessee State.

            The proposal is to capture the life of Murfreesboro by the use of still images; however, life is uncertain. Therefore, the images will not be in sequential order. Rather, the images will tell a story of what a day in the life of Murfreesboro means to its residents. I propose to use several images that capture the joy of life in Murfreesboro, but also images that capture the essence and history that lay within the city. Henri Cartier-Bresson coined a phrase, “decisive moment” photography. Keeping with his theory, I plan to capture Murfreesboro as the lighting, composition, expression, and the essence of an event intersects.

By incorporating life and light into the work, and constructing a sociological perspective to the action, individual or place I intend to capture Murfreesboro at its core. Social photography generally operates by providing a look at the lower classes to awaken the conscience of the middle and upper classes. However, my intent is to awaken one’s sense of what life is like in Murfreesboro. By incorporating text under the image, this will allow the viewer to understand the intent of the image. However, the font and type nuances will be kept simple to allow the images to speak for themselves.



  1. I would love to see this! I have so many images of Murfreesboro I have wanted to put together a show with other photographers in the area.

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