Department - Author 1

Art and Design Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BFA in Art and Design



Primary Advisor

Eric Johnson


For my senior project, I wanted to do something photographically diverse and creative with the classmates of my major. I decided the focus of my project would be portraits and interviews documenting the experiences of those classmates; who they were as people and why they picked Cal Poly as their school. I researched various forms of portraiture and gathered those ideas and various questions to help flesh out my concept. My photo shoots experimented in various forms of alternative portraiture, accompanied with an answered questionnaire filled out by each of them. I wanted the finished product to be well laid out and professional, so I put a lot of time into researching and gathering a fair amount of ideas and digital materials. The main idea for each person I photographed was to effectively display the photos and text in a manner loosely similar to that of a magazine article or an old scrapbook. I created a template-like layout that allowed me to change and move certain elements from one person’s layout to the next, while still displaying a cohesive dynamic between all the layouts that kept the book tied together as a whole. The final product is displayed as a high quality book, ordered through a professional book printing company.

Extended Portraits.pdf (75939 kB)
Final book: Extended Portraits by Matthew Schmitz