Under-represented in the Media

As a task I was asked to look at under-represented groups within the media. For this I focused on a subject that I have grown up in… living on a council estate. This is usually seen as being a place that has no hope for people as the people have no prospects and aren’t the same as the hard working citizens in the media’s eyes.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2003/nov/30/housing.uknews

This is enforced by this artist called A Devil In Photography, work which documents how the area she lives in in London is made to look worse for a program on the BBC. This is through adding extra graffiti and lighting the place up like a football stadium.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adevlinphotography/2207632680/in/set-72157603786671163/

However for people who live on the council estates, the area holds more of an influence as it gives an encouragement for people wanting to do better, a sort of psychological thinking about it. This is emphasized by this interview with Jake Bugg and this video by the Lostprophets!

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/Jake-Bugg-Living-on-a-council-estate-isnt-as-bad-as-some-people-would-have-you-believe-14022013.htm

On a free track by track of the album, the band, Lostprophets speak about it being about the area they are from “Too people it would be oh this bloody rundown council estate, but because it’s home. There was nothing more satisfying than seeing a burnt out car!”

This I am able to relate to, as the area I have grown up in when I was younger was known for trouble and for being an unsafe place to be. It was a rough area. Where there was alcoholics, theft, regular fights, gangs, drugs etc. Here you weren’t allowed to go to the local parks because of glass and people that gather there.

However, for someone who has grown up in an area like it, it is seen differently. The place becomes an influence, the area and smell of the burnt out cars, the cut through, playing by the tracks etc. It becomes a world that you want to escape but will make you hard against the bad happenings. You start to see and deal with things differently. Where you can defend yourself that you are spurred on to actually want to do better for yourself. Which helps you on to greater things and keep at it no matter what. While living through the rough times you also retreat into your own imagination and that is helped to flourish more from it.

The media though has backed off with its propaganda in the area and now the place is seen as being a nice, safe place to live. Yet to me though it is still the same, quieter than before yet nothing has changed about it. The place is still the thing that has had the most influence and has become home because of what I have lived through and how it has made me want to strive for better things. Yet it will always be there in my eyes, to return to too give me that extra encouragement or go further when felling I can’t do it. A council estate isn’t a dead end place in my eyes more of encouragement.

To co-inside with this I came up with ideas that I thoughtof scenes related to council estate and stereotypes linked with them. These were:

Hoodies

Graffiti

Drugs

Single Parents

Fights

Rubbish

Bad Gardens

Household items lying about

Jobless

Lack of education

Drink problems

Afterwards I decided to use the internet to get some found images which I meraged together through Photoshop adjustments including Threshold and Background eraser to create a set of 6 creative images. That throw a twist into what you see, such as a hoodie helping an elderly lady. These are the final images.

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with a homely surround to emphasize the way the area has become. These are the final images.

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Influenced – Technology

As part of my assignment I had to use a Canon 5D camera. I had never used this model before although from reviews that I had read and from the product information. I was under the impression that it was an effective tool that has some of the best quality available.

However, when I came to using it I was amazed by it as although I knew this information I wasn’t expecting the imagery to come out the way in which it did. As in both documentary and cinematic mode, the colours in the images were both rich and eye catching, compared to usual cameras. Also it was easier to visualize the light and facilities available with it meant that you could easily view the image before, during and after. From this I was impressed with this camera and would hope to be able to use it more often throughout the future.

Storyboarding the Italian Job

I was given a task to create a storyboard of a scene from a film of my choice. For this I chose the chase in the Italian Job. This I felt showed a good collection of scenes through a storyboard as the angles showed the scenes from characters perspective. This intern created a sense of difference and and off action being portrayed.

The storyboard also made it clear for scenes that took over some time yet narrowed it down to small select clips without needing extensive space to explain them.

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This is the scene of which I storyboarded…

Book Binding

As a final piece I have to create my assignment 1 as a Photobook. This could be done through 2 formats, either a physical or digital book.

So to create a physical book I first done testers. These were of Japanese Stab binding, where I used this video

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At first I found that pulling the cotton through was tricky so I managed to get it tangled mainly. Here my loops were also loose and messy, as I hadn’t held the pages tight enough.

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However, I had another attempt that came out better.

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Here I could choose the size and layout of my pages. Whether it would be landscape or portrait and the bleed, margin, column and slug sizes. Meaning that I would have a set guide to work to of my choice.

From this I could then create my pages for my book from the box. Here it held the pages and the colours I wanted mainly. The master pages also allowed me to have set pieces on each of my pages and in the exact location throughout.

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After I would finish the book by saving it as a PDF through export.  This I could then upload to mag cloud and have printed out to be a physical book like with the stab binging and Concertina books.

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Out of these I found the Japanese Stab Binding most interesting due to the layout being in the style of an original book that could be held. I also feel that is a good way of showing imagery and skill to have. Due to this I found it most interesting. However, being that a lot of work is digital nowadays it is also useful for me to create digital books. Even though I prefer the physical books due to their presence.

The other way I could create a physical book was through a concertina. This was by folding the one page into equal but a set amount times so to create separate pages where both sides would be used. This book would then need extra planning so to work out the layout more than the others would. To make sure pages are in the correct places for them to run consecutively.

Another way of creating the book was through digital. This would be done in InDesign by creating pages in Documents. The layout for this would be set up before coming to the first page by the window option open.

Book Binding

As a final piece I have to create my assignment 1 as a Photobook. This could be done through 2 formats, either a physical or digital book.

So to create a physical book I first done testers. These were of Japanese Stab binding, where I used this video

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At first I found that pulling the cotton through was tricky so I managed to get it tangled mainly. Here my loops were also loose and messy, as I hadn’t held the pages tight enough.

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However, I had another attempt that came out better.

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The other way I could create a physical book was through a concertina. This was by folding the one page into equal but a set amount times so to create separate pages where both sides would be used. This book would then need extra planning so to work out the layout more than the others would. To make sure pages are in the correct places for them to run consecutively.

Another way of creating the book was through digital. This would be done in InDesign by creating pages in Documents. The layout for this would be set up before coming to the first page by the window option open.

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I was given the task of travelling to Route 66 in America through Google images. Here I found 10 images along the route that I felt explained the theme of people travelling to get a better life through the American Dream by print screening the locations that I found. Doing the imagery this way was effective as it meant I could capture imagery of a location that wasn’t local at any time and still manage to get the imagery the same way. This way was also cost effective. Plus the imagery is actually created by one’s self as the artist decided the concept and captures an image of that area out of all the parts available like with walking a route.

However, at the same time the imagery is questioned as being valid as the person who creates the imagery is not the one who selects what is available – they can only use what is available online. Also the images do not have the same aesthetics as what would be captured in the imagery along with angles and certain territories not being available of what would be in general.

This makes me feel undecided about creating imagery this way as I feel that I am not forming imagery as I usually do and through my own means. Although I am putting in the amount of work as an image that I capture through the use of a camera and also able to cross examine the area and it’s context at the same time. Which I feel is more helpful to use.

I do believe though that although it is a new experience to me to capture imagery like this. In future I will be sticking to using the camera to capture my imagery. I have however decided that it will be an idea to research a location more by viewing it on Google images instead of just visiting an area.

Photography and the Future

Photography and the future

Ritchin F (2009) Truth in digital images in after photography Norton Press

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On the other hand this text speaks about how images are easily manipulated today and how honest these images are. Here it speaks of at the beginning analogue was seen as being more truthful yet digital is seen as being more creative. Yet with this creativity comes dishonesty as this has led to images being created in two locations yet being placed together to create one image otherwise leading people to believe things that don’t actually exist such as beauty regimes. Raising the point of when is it acceptable to use editing and how much is acceptable or is too much being used nowadays.

Caught in the Crossfire

On a visit to the Herbert Gallery I was given the question to look at. This was

“How do you think Cornelia Parker and Al Johnson work respond to conflict?”

From this I found that the artists both had one piece of work each, on show in the exhibition. These pieces of work were both sculpture pieces.

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Cornelia Parker’s being an embryo of a gun made out of metal that would otherwise had made a gun that could be a weapon. This piece holds a cold feel to it, due to the form of it and the material used. This also reminds you of an average gun as it has the same impression to it that triggers a gun in mind. This intern makes you keep your distance from it due to it enforcing its danger.

Where as Al Johnson piece is created through women’s red lingerie with the names of women who was involved in the war stitched into it. This is contradictory as red usually represents danger. However, the piece has the outlook of a soft present or cuddly toy. This makes the item seem more welcoming yet at the same time also enforces the danger.

This helps my assignment as the work makes me consider the way in which people look at things differently due to the perception of it shown. This I find interesting and I feel links into my book quiet well due to the subject I am portraying in my work. This is also different to me as I am use to looking at photography but find it difficult to evaluate a point through a fabric item.  This though has made me look at photography closer as the work today has made me look closer at the detail than looking just at the whole feature.

Philip Bloom

In a talk today Philip Bloom spoke about his work and how his career started and panned out to nowadays.  Here I found out he started his career through getting a job in television with SKY. Before this though he wanted to be a photographer, this lead him being able to travel the world and do footage at festivals. After this he went freelance and started teaching. When he went freelance and started his blog, he was able to travel the world due to the opportunities it offered. This has led him onto to being known for his work even more so and having access to creating imagery in some of the most expensive places with the most expensive equipment.  Here is also able to work so to get the money but also live comfortably from this so that he can also do the imagery he loves but don’t pay so well.

This talk was interesting due to it being informative and friendly at the same time. Also the speaker tried to get the audience interacting alongside showing and speaking about his work. This made the lecture interesting to view and hear.

However, the problem with this was that the speaker mainly spoke about video work and although it links in with the assignment at the moment. It was not really informative about his photography work.

Digital Truths

Nowadays images can be easily changed through the use of devices and software. This is done for portrayal in the media or by anyone. This though can be through altering an image through changing your hair colour so to decide if you want a new style or in some cases it can be changed on people’s imagery so that you can’t tell if it is the original or not.

By simply typing a name of a piece of work and an artist in Google you could come up with many variants that link to what you are looking for but does that make it true?

Here an original could exist however next to it could be a replica with minor changes created by someone else.  Or someone could have altered the tone so to add a different contrast. Instead they may have cropped it. These go as far as two images being merged together. These images are still real though as even though they aren’t the original or may not exist as a hard format together. You can still see them, so they still exist virtually as they have still been created.

This affects photography through it meaning your imagery is accessible and many people can alter it or recreate it. This way your work could be lost otherwise it could be that the originals aren’t accessible as much.