creative workshop 3- unphotographable Phiction(sic) task

October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the third creative workshop take I have been given a list to choose from of Micheal David Murphy’s ” unphotographable” posts and i am to pick one and create a multimedia mash-up similar to the one we did in the last task to create image and sound to the text narration, for my mash-up i have chosen to do the following narration;

This is a picture I did not take of a woman with a baby in her arms and a burping towel on her shoulder, walking up to the side of a vacant, foreclosed home in the middle of a neighborhood hit hard by mortgage fraud, looking up and down the street before turning-on the outdoor spigot at the corner of the house to take a drink with a cupped hand, and then, after wetting the towel, she began to carefully wash her newborn’s feet.- Michael David Murphy

In my head I have imagined this scene and tried to picture how it would look and what sort of sounds would be going on and around this narration, for example if it’s outdoors there will be the normal sounds like cars, birds and wind. Then there are the sounds for the narration text, a baby so throughout the sound recording there will be a baby making noises, an outdoor tap so that would be sounds like the tap squeaking on and water running, the mother walking down the side of the house so there’s stepping on gravel. These are all different sounds i will have to think about and work out if they are constant sounds or short quick sounds.

I’m going to be using a recording device to record all the different sounds i need, so every sound used to be sounds i’ve collected and now pre recorded sounds from the interenet, i also need to take photos to go along with my audio so i will be using a colletion of images to try and tie the two together, that i will take while recording different parts of my narration.

i’ve also thought about wether i want someone to be reading the narration over the top of all the other audio but i think this would take away from the mash up and people would rely on it to tell the story too much when i would rather try and use sounds and images to tell the whole story. Baby crying -Unphotographable Phiction by user5696907



Death of the author – Roland Barthes

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After reading Death of the author, it reminded me of the works of Travis Shaffer, The quote from Roland Barthes’ Thus the author cannot claim any absolute authority over his or her text because, in some ways, he or she did not write it‘  Roland talks of an author not being able to fully own their text since they did not create the language or the format they simple used societies idea of text, and unless the author way to create something totally new ‘by refusing to assign a ‘secret,’ an ultimate meaning, to the text’  be it a secret language then text would prehaps be fully their own, but then what would the purpose be if only the author could understand it? This reminds me of Travis Shaffer’s work in the way he uses photos from other sources in which he didn’t create himself but puts into his own context for example the google maps images he used in his series of work called mega churches, these were not his own photographs but why the way he choose to crop the and present them in such a way the work of google now becomes the views work.

Roland Barthes also questions whether the reader can then become the author, if the reader chooses to change the text around or simply read the text in a different way does it then become different and have a new meaning ? ‘the writer can only imitate a gesture that is always anterior, never original‘ so for example someone could now take Travis Sheffer work and compose it in a different way and then they would become the author of the work. I find this starts to question copyright at what point if there is one can a viewer or reader not take something and make it into their own, there will always be a way of changing the same thing into different views and meanings and i think this is way so many people find the issue of copyright such a difficult thing, for example our magazine edits of other photographers works, we turned them into our own but did we breach copyright?

Mike Lusmore of Duckrabbit

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Mike Lusmore from Duckrabbit came to Coventry university to talk to us about transformative storytelling and photofilms, using multimedia you can start to put together a story or narrative using lots of different componates to create a more vivid and realistic story than lets say just a series of photos could on there own, for example the video below that mike showed us at the start;


The video above really captures whats going on and tells a story is such a unique way that the viewer could have been there, it’s almost like you can feel the warm from the images and the spirit of the community together, you get to know the characters from the images better by the audio and you are taken on a journey following the images and sound.

Before starting on our own mash-ups using multimedia these are some of the tips that mike gave us;

we are all thieves, right?- travis shaffer

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After listening to Travis Shaffer’s lecture i found it hugely interesting that many bodies of his work uses images that he has not captured his self but how he calls them recycled from google maps or even using images that people have taken of them selves and uploaded onto Flickr. It is really interesting to think about the fact that now photographic equipment is quick easy and fast that everyone takes pictures, rather than experiencing an experience we now take a picture of the experience to recall it later on, i really liked him images of turning the camera around to then take pictures of the people taking pictures, it has become a way of human communication now, as Travis says technology has evolved and so has the camera and now we can just use an iPhone to take a quick image rather than using wet plates.

creative workshop 2 part 2 Alienated senses ‘mash-up’

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After recorded sounds on our journey and taking photos we then joined the two together to create a photofilm showing the journey we took though the city centre and condensing everything we had recorded into a short video and this was what we produced;

journey from Danielle noble on Vimeo.

after watching our multimedia piece back, it creates a really sensory and enjoyable experience, it allows you to feel what the atmosphere in the places the images were taken and it adds depth to what would normally be quiet dull silenced photos, it allows the photos to tell a story of a place and I time and what was going on around, it’s almost like anyone could have been in those places taking the photos, when you here the sounds around you anyone can relate to them and they become involved in the images they see.

When editing the videos and pictures together it’s quiet hard to work out what sounds i wanted playing were until i heared them together, i didn’t know if they were going to work.

creative workshop task1: part 2

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so from our last weeks edit of the photographers works that inspired us we were asked to include some of our own work as  my edit theme was based around recording life, i looked for some of my existing photos that i sould include into my edit;

It was hard at first to choose images but once i placed them all together i really like the flow of the images and you can see were inspiration has been drawn for each photos, and it has even inspired me to think of other ideas and ways of photographic life, which I’m sure I will find very useful when coming to do my final project because i would like to do something very similar. I also think this way of putting together primary and secondary research as a collection really helps to see in which way my work is heading and will defiantly put together a few more of this to help me when i come to a dead-end while working though a project.

creative task 1 and copyright

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i was asked to put together a collection of other photographers works that inspire me with a running theme and edit them into a collection as if they were to be put into a magazine edit, this was my edit that i made with various photographers work;

After putting together my inspirational piece of different photographers work asked about copyright, if we were to upload the different photographers works online or even on my blog would it be breaking copyright laws? even though im using their work for educational reasons and inspiration I’m clearly not trying to pose as the photographer or take credit for their work it become a difficult grey area, this started me thinking about my own work and how i release it into the world, is my work protected and how would i feel about people using my work uncopyrighted.

Even now when i upload various different pictures i have taken onto my blog, i havent thought about if i should copyright them and how if i don’t they could be used.

This also touched up on my current research project (Is social media threatening tabloid photojournalism?) were news coming in and out of countries at war, photos taken from the public on personal cameras and then the photos being used for journalism, photos taken from twitter and other social networking sites can be used to form our news stories and be published in newspapers but it’s also a difficult grey area because first the owners of the photos uploaded onto the social network must be asked for permission of copyright, but with links being retweeted it’s very hard to be sure that your asking for copyright permission from the primary souse.

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