Session 5 – Task (BTF PRESENT)

To follow on from last weeks task I this time created a reframing the present task this was based on music as its my main interest. Here I thought about common points raised and thought about how much music is popularised by television media with shows like X Factor. For this I went for the point of view many relate with music and the programs.
https://soundcloud.com/deana-chantler/simon-cowell

This task was also tricky as I felt it didn’t fit together so to run smoothly however the context that was said was clear. This one though was easier to create compared to the previous task as it was based on the here and now instead of the past so had more piece of information available. However, due to popular opinion in the media, there was more insight on Simon Cowells part so was not able to create a piece based on Elton John’s opinion as from what I could find was the news speaking or Pierce Morgan’s questioning otherwise written format so did not fit the format of the other two videos of the subject speaking the thoughts.

 

Evaluation

As an option between two tasks, I decided to go for the option of  “Bending The Frame” as it fitted my theme of work better than the other option available.  With the Bending the Frame option I had to create a piece of footage based on an event in the past but where we now know the outcome to be different to what it was before. Then use the footage from the previous event to show the now known fact. This was the theme throughout but with the present being flipping the opinion on an outcome and the future option being something that we know will change.

 

This task I found interesting to do as it allowed me to create an outcome that was not previously available although was known knowledge or common theme. Making these pieces was also something different to do as it allowed me to create events that happened before and after my time as well as allowing me to consider other options available as well as just the normal opinions usually made.

 

In this task I did also have problems with creating the different audios I tried to create as the option for the past, as before my time or not in common conversation now so made me have to think hard of what I could use for my work. On top of this the past footage also didn’t have much footage available, as the Internet was not available so access to past footage wasn’t allowed.  While with the present option the media control meant that the popularized point of view was spoken about more so I wasn’t able to create the imagery for the opposing option due to there being minimal to none audio footage.

 

If I was to do this task again then I would focus on completing the option to start with as I changed to a new theme instead of creating the futuristic option as I felt the new topic based around music was more appropriate for my interest and future projects. However, on top of this I would also look to create better pieces by using my time to focus more on detail to get the sound I wanted more as the final pieces sounded rushed. As well as look spend more time researching my subject so there was a familiar theme throughout the pieces instead of war and music which didn’t correlate. For a first attempt at using more than one piece of audio though means I did try a new task and gives me the ability and strength to move forward.

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Session 5

In this lecture I heard the way in which Wasma Mansour and Dahlia Khamissey both work. Here I tweeted the points I thought stood out to me and collected these thoughts on the subjects through twitter.

After listened to Brian Palmer where I noted there points.

Journalist since 1987 for New York paper – staff photographer

Military, capital house, white house.

Left photography went into corporate media – finance, business, and foreign minister

After 9/11 ended up decided to go independent in video, photography – multimedia film maker

Stories are people based stories – people finding way for economic freedom

Media focused on communism. He focused on the people.

People building new china

Boots on the ground reporter

Asked how the policy affected them?

Tried to do as much as could him self but was too ambitious so had to work with others

Begin to associate with people you are covering

2002 – went back into photography. Didn’t want to be in front of the camera

digital meant was out of photography – had to fight his way back

demand for specific type of news

had to make a decision where wanted to go and what wanted to do. – funds decided

thought he was progressive and was left to politics of George bush. Was questioned so saved and went with America

sold almost nothing as wasn’t doing sort of thing as time or new york magazine wanted – low point

bring the good guys to the bad guys

went to shooting more video. Got more work but money wasn’t coming in

when you sell your footage you sell your rights – yeah you had a seat at a table with no say in the matter

decided not sign but got his own footage. Captured footage of peoples lives but was his own honest footage and he had a right

he wouldn’t sell his independence

useful photography – connect it to kinetic photography

take pictures that are useful – challenge people

looked at places like pixel press where they got the work to smaller audience but shown as he wrote it. Useful – affects the people in the pictures. Make the subject more than a subject

big issue – was community organizing

establish how worked and if they had any objections with how he worked

old school journalists saw it as he was compromising himself – in house photographers

DO YOUR RESEARCH!

The ones who get somewhere are the ones who don’t sit and wait but instead go and ask if they can do the project at that location

SHOWING UP IS THE KEY

WORK YOUR WAY THROUGH ORGANISATIONS, MEETINGS, LEAVING THE CAMERAS IN THE BAG, GETTING PEOPLES CONTACT AND METING PEOPLE OUTSIIDE THE SUBJECT

Self interest and interest in the subject has a difference.

Self-interest can drive you

FAMILY PROJECT

Opened up a curiosity and past that didn’t have

Found a photograph – amateur photographer

Couldn’t trace things

Needed to figure out where the places were – what are they now?

Made most projects by going to the community and talking to people without having the camera

The story has to develop organically

He has connections now but they are still distant connections

People are showing parts of their lives – respect them

Want to write people and the community back into history

Went from being property to owning property to having property taken away by a law that didn’t enslave them

HAVE SUBSTANTIAL INSTITUTIONAL COMMITMENT

MYSTERIOUS. DARK , BASED ON WORKMEN DOING THEIR JOB THROUGH THE NIGHT, REPETITION TO GIVE A CLOSER VIEW

2 SCENES – A PORTRAIT AND A SCENE REMINISCENT OF A WAR

SHOWING 2 LIVES LED BY THE SAME PERSON

WAR SCENE AND CONSTRUCTION SCENE

SPEAK ABOUT THE WAY THE PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT WHAT THEY HAD TO DEAL WITH EMOTIONALLY

BEFORE AND AFTER SCENE

LEARN AT THE END IT’S A MINING FORCE

 

These are my key points…

  • Text adds information
  • The story comes first, the photography comes later – Mansour
  • The best photographs to take are the ones in your backyard
  • Pass on the knowledge to the youth, who’ll pass it onto their community

 

RICHIN: Believes that your pictures aren’t good enough if you’re not close enough, which enforces the idea mentioned of the best photographs, are the ones on your doorstep.

MAYES/HETHERINGTON: Believes context is key so agrees with text adds information. Also feels that context is to pass on information like Campbell.

CAMPBELL: Although meant in a different sense of being an event doesn’t happen unless you document it. Both Campbell and Mansour consider the route the story takes of which comes first.

RODGER: Didn’t deal with his emotions when it came to his work, happenings affected him but he detached himself from it through writing in a diary each day.

From hearing these two talks I felt that between them they pretty much summarized the previous talks I had heard. This was through the fact that both Richin and Mansour believe that you have to be in the action to capture it but in Mansour’s case she feels your best images are the ones you know about and can relate to personally.

Mansour’s talk also relates to what Campbell said about an event is what is documented not what happens but they differ on the fact that Mansour sees it as the story is what creates the photography not the photography creating the story as the story wouldn’t happen if the “event” didn’t happen.

 

While Khamisser’s talk she echo’s Mayes/Hetherington’s point on the context is important as she feels that text adds information to the picture. She also feels that imagery helps pass on the knowledge to the children and community as if in Richin’s words a photograph is a quote… a sort of quote of the time that something happened but being retold as a story.

 

Both photographers’ work though is based on the background they can relate to and have in-depth knowledge in, mainly through personal experience. Which is interesting as they base their work on what they feel, and especially when it came to war while Rodger work is more closely linked to Khamisser, he came as an outsider into the war while Khamisser was caught in the war yet Rodger found it harder to express his feelings to the horror than what Khamisser’s work does.

 

This lecture I found to be interesting to hear but at the same time I was not able to relate to it so much as I hadn’t experienced what it was they were talking about but out of all of it there was one point that stood out to me “the best photographs to take are the ones in your backyard” something that is interesting to hear as like everyone else, I tend to become desensitized to what I see as I see it all the time so don’t think about it much. This was a point in which I was able to relate to when also hearing

The point also reminds me of Mark Power’s talk about travelling the world documenting areas yet the most interesting ones to him was the ones closer to home. However, from that talk I realised I need to pay attention to my surroundings more for what I captured. However, here although emphasizing the same point Khamisser puts the point across as pay more attention of what you see from actions, happenings that will create history and peoples behavior rather than features that are part of the landscape.

Life Boat Post

Due to being half way through Phonar, I have created a sum up of themes that have been spoken about up till now.

 

FRED RITCHIN

  • IF YOUR PICTURES AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS QUANTUM IMAGERY IT IS ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING AT ONE TIME
  • PHOTOGRAPHY IS A QUOTATION
  • WORLD CONFORMS TO THEIR OWN IMAGE
  • REVOLUTION IS TO USE PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE USEFUL
  • CONSIDER ALL POINTS OF VIEW

 

DAVID CAMPBELL

  • THE EVENT ISN’T WHAT HAPPENS, IT’S WHATS NARRATED
  • YOU HAVE TO BUILD TRUST
  • A PHOTOGRAPH NEEDS TO BE USEFUL

 

STEPHEN MAYES/TIM HETHERINGTON

  • IF YOUR PICTURES AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT READING ENOUGH
  • THE STUFF HE DIDN’T DO IS WHAT HE SHOULD BE KNOWN FOR
  • HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND BY BEING THE BRIDGE WHAT HE UNDERSTOOD AND WHAT HE WANTED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND
  • STUDYING ISSUES IN HUMANITY RATHER THAN DOCUMENTING
  • THE WORLD IS NOT LINEAR
  • AN IMAGE ON IT’S OWN MEANS NOTHING BUT GATHERS POWER
  • TRUTH IS KEY

 

PETE BROOK

  • PHOTOGRAPHS ARE EXPERIENCES RATHER THAN DOCUMENTATION
  • WE UNDERSTAND THE OLD IN TERMS OF THE NEW
  • UNLESS YOU DIG YOU CAN’T VALIDATE
  • PACE AN IMAGE IS CREATED IS MATCHED BY HOW QUICK WE DISREGARD IT

 

CAROLE NAGGAR/GEORGE RODGER

  • GIVING UP THE MYTH IS THE HARDEST PART
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE THOUGHT OF AS AUTHORS

 

WASMA MANSOUR

  • TEXT ADDS INFORMATION
  • THE STORY COMES FIRST, THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMES LATER

DALIA KHAMSSEY

  • THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY TO TAKE ARE THE ONES IN YOUR BACKYARD
  • PASS ON THE KNOWLEDGE TO THE YOUTH, WHO’LL PASS IT ON TO THE COMMUNITY

SARA DAVIDMANN

  • COLLABORATION IS KEY
  • GIVE THE PERSON A VOICE
  • PHOTOGRAPHER & PHOTOGRAPHED ARE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER
  • PHOTOGRAPHS CAN SHOW EVERYTHING MISSING

JASON SCOTT TILLEY & NIALL MCDIARMID

  • THE PARTICIPANTS ARE IMPORTANT
  • LESS IMAGES IS MORE FOCUS 

SHAHIDUL ALAM

  • WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD THEN DESCRIBE IT DIFFERENTLY
  • ONLY UNDERSTAND IN TERMS OF OLD
  • THE PURPOSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS TO BE USEFUL
  • WE LIVE THROUGH STORYTELLERS, PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIMITED
  • DIGITAL ALLOWS ALTERNATE VOICES

 

From this I was mainly interested by the way in which the many points pointed out overlapped from speaker to speaker. Here I heard from Fred Richin that “if your pictures aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough” but at the same time Mayes said “if your pictures aren’t good enough, then you’re not reading enough” showing me that you need to be in the thick of it to understand it but at the same to know the facts about it to have the knowledge so you know what you’re talking about and to have the truest pictures to represent the story.

 

I was also struck by “the event isn’t what happens, it’s what’s narrated” and that “photographs are experiences rather than documentation” these were the words that struck most to me as being my interest lies with event photography I was always under the impression that the event is what I documented but from hearing the other point of view I felt that the role was more substantial than before.

 

However, the most important points I got from the lecture was the ones about technology nowadays where I heard that “we understand the old in terms of the new” and “the pace an image is created is matched by how quick we disregard it”. This resonated more as with every six months there is new technology out and the ones that were popular yesterday are… so last century, to use the phrase.  This has become even more so with social media being at the forefront and living for the here and now that’s transcends into image making. So with next year being unknown the idea of making it into photography as a career was a bit more daunting than the idea with images disappearing within 24 hours so that to become a photographer you’d have to be shooting 24/7. However, in terms of the old and new we can’t have been that far ahead so if you consider the unknown future in terms of the old it should be a little less daunting to venture into.

 

On top of these points I was also enlightened to hear the ones about the photographer and person being photographed looking at each other. As I also have a keen interest in portraiture but tend to not enjoy it as much as I rush myself with the idea of taking up someone’s time from him or her or having him or her feel awkward just standing there. Yet this point made me think while I am working out the way to capture the image they aren’t just stood there waiting for me and helps with the idea so to be more relaxed when capturing the image. While also learning the best photographs are the ones in your backyard so if I keep to the notion that its something I know more about then I am able to at least keep more of a focus and not rush so much.

 

Preparation – Lebanon Missing

Lebanon Missing

Didn’t think what Lebanese were doing was bad at the time

More than 200 militants, Israel, Phalanges, South Lebanon etc were there.

Came in the house asking people’s religion before taking the children.

Took children, even before dressed (Amina Hassan Barat) of people, attacked them before trucks were full.

If Krishner’s were kidnapped., Muslims were kidnapped to wait for exchange. If they were killed, reaction would kill the others.

No remorse over the death or parents upset.

Didn’t see children again… would have gave the life if knew would never see them again

Parents never knew that the children were in the custody.

Buried in mass graves in unknown graves.

Want a sign remembrance and if not alive, why were they killed.

Started 17th September. Took away 1000 young men and boys within 4 days.

Since 2005 there have been sit-ins outside UN Embassy

Task – Reframing The Past

For a task I was asked to create a piece based on the past and how the public was lead to believe one thing but insight it became to be actually happening differently. This to me reminded me of what I had read on the Falklands war of how the war was only won by the UK being more use to the weather so lasted longer. However, the Falklands was seen as the UK being the strongest force and better prepared instead of a case of luck. So from sourcing media pieces I created the point of view of how the war was won. Here is what I created.
https://soundcloud.com/deana-chantler/falklands-2

 

This task I found hard to create as majority of the audio was from the British side of which I could find. While the bit I could find for the Argentinian was in Spanish so I could not understand it either. This meant I was not able to create the piece from both sides. On top of this there was not much footage as the internet was not available so the speeches etc. weren’t stored on it and are not available as they are nowadays.

Session 4

In this lesson we have listened to David Campbell speaking about Narrative, Power and Responsibility.
Where I got these notes and thoughts through twitter.

This was followed up later by Carole Naggar talking about George Rodger.

Afterwards I also read Pete Brook and Stephen Mayes in conversation for Wired.

A cross of fiction and non-fiction. Hard as have notions of people you know from when you know him. Also have access to someone else’s text.

Wrote loads – colleagues, diary, own personal biography

Diary is own narration but also a mask as its way wanted to portray self.

People felt knew him but at same time didn’t.

Didn’t deal with his emotions.

First photographer to enter camps in 1945 but was traumatic to him plus family loss and close friend Robert Capa.

Worked on 61 war fronts.

Had shell shock, suffered with periodic depression.

Hid it behind humour.

Had no outlet for his grief.

7 years to create the book.

Spent 5 years interviewing all over the world.

Ready to write the book when knew more than the interviewed.

Felt as though living among ghosts.

Built a fake diary from stories he told her.

Had to deal with a past that person was living in past of life he didn’t have.

The hardest part to give up was the myth.

Death and prejudice turned him away from war photography.

Disliked Life magazine as didn’t get choice of what to work on and was either badly published or not published at all.

You get to see the person, time, photojournalism and how it was recorded.

Ran away to navy from his parents.

Complex stories came from frame to frame through contact sheets. Every frame had to count.

Had to send it off by plane and wait 3 months to arrive if did arrive.

Work was non-linear narratives.

Photographers were thought of as authors.

First story earned him £79 (£3500 today)

Went on a 2-6 week assignment to Africa in 1942 took him 2 years.

In life he is granted a sort of hero status.

Magnum was bad at finances to start with.

Hated colour as felt black and white had all the colour and people could project them selves on the imagery but had to work in colour.

Declined offers from Hollywood.

Had to react immediately to the work, wrote in his notebook but was shaken by what he saw.

Was seen as giving an image to horror or something you can’t give an image to.

Got a chance as only 5 or 6 photographers working in London as refuges weren’t allowed to.

Was a terrible editor, wanted to please the editors so when he edited he self-centered.

Well composed images but didn’t see himself as a artist.

Pete Brookes and Stephen Mayes

Photographs are no longer things, they’re experiences

Digital cameras have changed photography is true and cliché

Not many can tell you how – moved it from image to a fluid image

Pace an image is created is matched by how quick we disregard it but we’ve never been more engaged.

Photography is more about experience and community and less about document and evidence.

10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011

same months instagram just shy of 2 years passed 100 million users. People sign up at a pace of 1 a second. Taken over 1 billion images.

Accounts for some but not all 250 million images uploaded to Facebook every day.

Comparing images today to images then is like comparing a car today with a horseless carriage.

Mayes believes cellphone photography marks the transformative moment.

An image doesn’t exist until it is fixed at point where fixing is vocabulary.

A digital image is entirely fluid. It now lives in a digital environment.

Meanings of images now morph, as they are never fixed.

Ritchin: Digital photography is quantum imagery it is anything and everything at one time.

Photography has turned to having fun, unselfconscious, experimental somewhere sharing it with the outside then within two days it is gone.

Didn’t take a camera somewhere [Libya] so become invisible as everyone had cellphones they were taking pictures with.

Cell phone photography is about immediate reaction

We refer to something as what it was before even with cellphone with have nostalgic filters.

Cell phone brings you closer to the action like someone caught in the Tsunami documenting it.

Cell phone photography is not seen as solid enough process as it is too easy to create.

People always trust an image inside a news magazine but never notice the made up image on the cover

Unless you really dig you can’t validate

People are free to decide if they are good photographers or not.

The role of the professional is important so long as people want creditable information

Professionals are valuable as commentators, interpreters, and validators…

Cell phones shows the individuals experience, Professionals get an overview and can introduce us to different elements looking at patterns, validating stories or re-contextualising them.

The key point’s I selected from this are:

  • The event isn’t what happens, its what narrated
  •  Its impossible to tell a story that includes everything
  • Unconventional narrative is the breaking up of time, conventional narrative follows the linear structure
  • The point of a narrative is to convey information

 

RICHIN: Richin’s key point on this talk is that the honesty is key. He would also feel that a narrative could show the many sides as he considers each point of view available. Richin also believes that “Photography is a quotation” meaning that you take information and repeat it. 

 

MAYES/HETHERINGTON:  Feel that context is key, so would enforce the idea of a narrative is to convey information.

 

The similarities between these are that both Campbell and Richin feel that information is to be repeated so that people understand the reason why something has happened. While Mayes/Hetherington feel that narrative conveys the information which Campbell also reinforces. The difference is though, is that Richin looks at each side available in a narrative so to consider all points of view. This is reinforced by Mayes/Hetherington who looks at the sides concerned so not only to relate with the ones people sympathies with the most but also by looking at those who feel the need to behave inappropriately according to the world. However, here Campbell feels that it is impossible for a narrative to include everything.

 

This lecture I found interesting as throughout school we was always taught of events and even today I and I think society still considers an event to be what has happened. However, I feel that Campbell raised a valuable point as we class an event of what took place but do base it on only the information that is recorded. So when I focus on my music photography I always saw it as capturing an event but instead in a way I am creating an event as till myself or someone else captures it that event isn’t recorded.

 

Another point raised also was that we refer to something today as what it was before even though they are in a way two different things as like with imagery an image today can not be touched or held unless printed but we can see it in a digital world. However, we compare an image today of that what was created a century ago or decades ago because it is still classed as a photograph even though they are both created differently and are seen differently.

 

Finally the pace an image is created is matched by how quick we disregard it is the key point that stood out to me as to be able to become established you need your imagery to stand against a length of time of longer than a few seconds. Which brings to the point that most people see that photography is dead nowadays but as the first phonar lecture pointed out we engage with photography more nowadays through social media even though this is the opinion. Which means that for a photographer to be able to stand the test of time they either have to have a very poignant image that will always mean something otherwise a photographer always has to be shooting and advertising their imagery so to be at the forefront of photograph. This is the most important part to me as if I didn’t realize this my idea of creating photography, as a professional would not be able to last for long as I would not be able to support myself in doing so.

Article – Helping the visually impaired

In the talk we heard about how we have become disconnected through social media. This alongside games and images seen through social media and the news is removing the effect that is desired for us to want to make a change as we start to see the scenes regularly. However, although this is true, I came across this article where the tool of social tools like google maps, gps systems and even Bluetooth is used to help visually impaired people around with less difficulty. Making it of what we take to rely on as a way of living as have to use to be up with technology is now becoming available so people who actual need the tool are able to use them and at same time are able to connect more with the world as people without disability. Which is all being done through the tool of painting an image through sound so that they can imagine what the world looks like better without having to second-guess them selves as much. Making it that social media is becoming to not only be a sort of socializing but a way of life to be useful.

 

Preparation – Lisa Potts – Nursury Nurse

Here I have listened to a talk by Lisa Pott’s about a dramatic time in her life.
1996 – wolves – nursuary nurse – blackly

Deprived, difficult area, crime, mental health issues

Typical scene

Builds description, builds tension

Not much security

School is a school not a prison

Jumps the fence, carrying a knife, looks like toy

Terror

Attacked the parents

Instinct kicks in

Adrenalin is key

Pain is out the window – severely injured

Went after a mum

Wanted to hurt people

Attack on children

Doing her job

Affected the other teacher

Turned and walked out

She ran but he went after her and hit her head

He walked out over the 3ft fence out the 6ft fence

48 hours later

Terror at home time

8 mins entering to paramedics arriving

Everything is happening but youre removed – outer body experience

Frightened children hiding

Found more weapons, petrol bombs – luckily lost his bag

Other rooms still busy working

Didn’t realize what had happened

Little boy may not have survived but did

Where is the man?

More bothered by her clothes

Community changed in minutes

Is it a nightmare, is she back at home, when will she wake up safe at home

Repeat surgery

Learn everything again

Asking at hospital is he after me?

World’s media about to ascend

Doesn’t understand the need for the press

Sea of press. Watching later. Not realizing its her

Fake cctv except one. Entered the school and left but had hidden. He was watching the caos from the pipes

Police and dog found him

People knew him – wasn’t a threat just a little strange

One of strangest things painted his car with pink imulsion

Clear memory – photographic memory

Wore a trilby with bolts screwed in

The grimmest look on his face – anger being taken out on them

Schizophrenic unnoticed that had done drugs and given it up

Didn’t know what he was doing except wanting to attacking and killing him

Court 6 months

Relearnt doing everything

Hounded by the press. Messages of well wishes, famous over night.

So much to deal with

Returning to the school set in

Recommended for awards

Got experience but didn’t want to take advantage

Tell the story as it is

Was a tragedy involving children

Unusual experience with guilt

Family liaison officer

Never been inside a court

Media following her

Terrified as one of the main – don’t look at him her mum says but does the opposite

He seemed a different person – smaller and ill.

Felt as though created a huge man

Gave her the weapon and engraved was 666 kills the filthy beast

Parents crying as she recalls the story

You don’t know what you’d do unless faced with it.

Both teachers felt could have done more. Guilt

Suffered from it

Watchers suffered more as was helpless

Trilby made him think he was a German soldier in control. The children called him celibate. Perp knew what hed done but didn’t understand

He was stopped by Lisa Potts getting in the way

He wanted to kill her

Sentenced to 7 attempts of murder.

She almost felt sorry for him – never had the support network

Media has questions – is this it. How does she escape, is that all she is Went back to her normal life

From hearing the recording of Lisa Potts talking I didn’t know what to make of it mainly, I just felt that it was quite sad but at the same time it was lucky. Hearing of an event that was so traumatic and that had had a lasting effect of someone just made me feel that they were brave to talk about it yet it had a sense of shock about it. I was also confused with how it related to photography until it was pointed out that to tell someone else’s sad moment you must be able to speak of your own. This seemed like an obvious point but is never something that is considered although subconsciously you know it.

In my opinion, I thought that for someone to do such a thing was courageous as I feel as even I have sad moments and of the most I feel I am able to talk about it to a point. At the same time, maybe a sense of being young or not knowing each side to the story but from my own perspective it tends to create a sense of anger in me. Even though my story is not something as alarming as Lisa Potts story, the feelings my experience creates means I am not able to, not as an open option.

However, from listening to the way she spoke about it, the repetition of key events and the fluency made me think of how to layout my story. The best way I felt was to put it as being poetic or in the style of a song as this is something that pulls me through my dark moments. While the repetition was also key in repeating the many times in which my story plays on my mind.

Session 3

This lecture was based on the topic of New Media New Journalism between Stephen Mayes and Fred Ritchin.  Where we compiled these thoughts.

This was followed by Stephen Mayes on Tim Herington.
Here I collected these notes

 

Was working, as a press photographer in the U.K. – wasn’t a job for a gentleman so went as an editor.

Worked in different areas always in the distribution side.

 

Tim Hetherington was at Cardiff University, he was an external examiner.

In 1996 there was no multimedia work but Hetherington had created two pieces that he was highly interested in.

Most time spent talking about the limitations of photography.

When he died he had finally gained the tools for what he wanted – what is special is the stuff that he didn’t do.

Went travelling and found photography filled in for where words wouldn’t fit.

Saw the camera as a primary tool.

Started working for magazines, big issue etc, and newspaper magazines.

Ended up in war zones

Started asking questions about why the things were happening

What enabled conflict to take place.

Had a curiosity to understand which drove him, how could he be the bridge between what he understood and what he wanted people to understand.

Other element was the honest – having an honest opinion.

Third element is the imagination – problem-solving element.

How do you work it? What am I looking at? How do I get around it?

He would say he was studying issues in humanity rather than document what was happening

What is it that drives young men specifically to such aggression. Sent him to self-reflection, as he was also there even though to view it.

Lived with the rebels, saw what they was doing, wanted to understand them and see them as a person

Turned the camera on the soldiers and showed them living their lives outside of conflict during conflict.

He wanted the viewer immersed in the work not just watching it.

Multimedia piece of 3 screens. Sleeping and conflict… couldn’t tell what was being seen and what was being dreamt.

Talking about a subject that was taboo.

What can we (as journalists) learn from advertising?

He always wanted to find a better way to understand something

The world is not linear.

The audience is becoming active in the search for information

Always different in your mind so always different when you come across it.

Diary = non-sequential imagery. An experimental way of living in the world blends with London life with West Africa life as the two world come together as life does.

It is real of how we live our lives were just not use to the packaging.

Created a network as a trust so to bring peoples fields that are all influenced by Tim Hetherington.

Mayes prefers to think about what Tim didn’t do than did do, as it’s more interesting.

When died he was working on a project in Afghanistan of planting a camera on the injured and documenting how they were treated when getting medical help.

Conflict as a sci-fi movie?

The success of journalism will only happen if you can get your images out.

  • TASK… Make a story engaging.

Make the complexity of life into something simple.

 

The main points from this lecture was:

  • If your photographs aren’t good enough, then you’re not reading enough
  • We find it harder to immerse ourselves
  • Context is key, the more you know the better the image
  • The amateur comes from the outside, the professionals know how to put it together
  • Journalism was to be an active and responsible citizen
  • Consider all points of view – Ritchin
  • An image on its own means nothing but gathers power
  • Richin believes truth is key
  • Had a curiosity to understand which drove him, how could he be the bridge between what he understood and what he wanted people to understand.
  • He wanted the viewer immersed in the work not just watching it.
  • Mayes prefers to think about what Tim didn’t do than did do, as it’s more interesting.

 

RITCHIN: Sees it more if you have to be in the action to get good images. Social media takes away the action. Photography can show the world what is happening but social media makes it so that not much is being done because people are getting the impression they are doing something by selecting a button.

 

MAYES/HETHERINGTON: The context is key.

Social media is disconnecting us from reality.

The similarities between the two are that they both feel that social media are disconnecting us from trying to assist the world. While the differences are that Mayes feels the context is more important as it gives a background of understanding while Richin feels to get the best images you have to be close to the action.

 

I found this lecture interesting to hear as I feel that context is important to what you are interested in photographing otherwise it could be off key when documenting. I also felt that they had a reasonable point about social media disconnecting us as you see so many pictures on facebook in particular saying like to support this, share to support that but it never really does anything to combat the issue it speaks of yet the people feel as though they are making an impact. However, the connections mean people can share the information more quickly. This makes me think social media is useful to sharing and can be helpful with advertising imagery but for an image to be key in being for a cause it is not so successful.

Unphotographable

For the second task I have been asked to create a piece based on being unphotographable. This is due to the scenes being seen by the author but as they hadn’t got a camera at hand they never took the image so instead created a website so to give a project for people to incorporate the scenes as they see fit.

My main problem with this was mainly based on the being Americanized so I ruled them options out. For this though I did see a piece that I felt dominated the world especially with terrorism being a common talking point and the idea of a camera being something that makes people question what someone is doing. For this I went to my local train station and captured images that I felt were everyday scenes such as sitting waiting that don’t cause people a chance to think but due to different angles, makes a scene become more controlled through security. This is the video I created.

 

Even though I liked this video I did find another option that I felt was more experimental. This piece was based on capturing images along a route but saying you’ll come back, get the picture later, and never do so or not getting the image for another reason. This I have done myself many times.

This option I felt would work better by creating it through Google maps so to represent the area. This thoughI wanted to be interactive but as I wasn’t sure how to do it so it turned into a slide from a powerpoint presentation that linked from a map on the first page that was collaged of the images.  Afterwards I then placed the locations on each image so to make it look more like an exhibition scene.  Yet to go with the theme of the website and decided to show only the locations of the images but not the scene I wanted to capture.

To make the piece better I would look to see how I could make it more interactive as to export the piece it turned into a video rather than the interactive image. However, other than that I was happy with the outcome that I got.