For this lecture I started using twitter to be more active in the lesson. Here I compiled these notes between myself and other participants in the lesson.
This was based on the talk by Fred Ritchin After Photography
Another task was that of Breathing Through Your Ears Beyond Immersion where I compiled these notes:
Went to Somalia in 1992 and took pictures of civil war
Worked during college doing door-stepping for publications.
Wanted to do magazine work.
Corporate portrait – always played video games – had a conversation
A video game with an important relationship happening inside it.
Compared the real with the avatar.
Contacted play station who sponsored it.
Photojournalism – getting to know the subject and have the subject trust you.
Went to fan fares
Shows more than just the stereotypical.
Virtual world can help those traumatized by military.
The character has some representation to the people’s everyday life.
Some have managed to make a career from the virtual world
Before twitter and facebook so most were based in internet café’s.
People on the computers all the time is a hidden thing in the west due to portable devices.
US spend 8 hours a day looking at screens – how much looking at people or reality?
Got idea of looking at the viewer but responding to media.
Got a friend of the person to ask the question. The subject has to be on the own all they can see is the face on the screen. It was important for them to know the face and have an intimate connection.
To ask question he either wrote them down or asked them to ask
Did a shoot based in a house, had an assistant cook al day to give a more homely feel.
All people captured volunteered so tried to create a typical scene. Only sign was one guy with headphones listening in.
Considered using a kickstarter project as a way of collaborating but didn’t work.
Creativity does need some limitations so to spark it.
We became removed from the mechanics once computers became involved.
Programming allows you to get closer so to understand the way the computer works.
Note… CS106a, CS106b and CS107 on Stanford University Online an helpful resource to learn how to program.
- RITCHIN: Photography is a quotation
- World conforms to their own image
- Revolution is to use the photography to be useful
These were the key parts that stood out to me during the lecture as my interest lies with documenting what happens. Which highlights the other point of “Revolution is to use the photography to be useful” as it is key to express something through your imagery if you want it to mean something worth seeing. I also found it to be interesting to hear the way in which people look at images from their own perspective as even though the viewer is key you create it from your own perspective and don’t know how it relates to others till afterwards. Yet with considering peoples outlooks you can gather an idea during the creation.
From this I feel that when I capture something I need it to really express something that I want to say otherwise it would just be another image.