MEDA 301 Wk 6

PROJECT PITCH

After spending the last six weeks researching my practice, and working towards trying to come up with an idea that demonstrates materialising the digital. After choosing photography as my practice, I felt like I wanted to choose a certain niche of photography, so I chose motion blur photography. This type of photography has always peaked my interests as to me it’s a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing way to capture a moment in time. So I had my practice, now I needed to do some research on where it all began, and how it as a practice and as a profession has evolved over time. With all this information, and research done for my practice I came up with an idea for my project and a second possible idea due to a slight adjustment.

In a black box room in the gallery space I will set up a digital camera sitting atop a tripod in the middle of the room facing a white wall. Next to it will be a table with a laptop and a projector facing the black wall behind the camera. As the audience member walks in front of the camera, it starts taking photos every 1-second and sends it immediately to the computer which is linked to the projector which projects it straight on the wall in front of them. By doing this every one second, it will give a slow shutter effect and hopefully make an aesthetically pleasing effect.

Now with a simple adjustment, a second possible idea arises that adds another element to the project. Projection mapping is when an image is specifically ‘placed’ or ‘mapped’ onto the features and contours of an object. Projection mapping can be achieved by projecting the image that was just taken of the audience member, back on to the audience member. Obviously the participant would have to wear protective goggles and would not be able to see the art work they are in, it will give the rest of the audience an interesting perspective of ‘live projection mapping’.

Either if of these works would be a recreation of other works such as the work being created by Urban Projections, an idea started by Multimedia experimentalist Rebecca Smith. From lo-tech pieces of string and cardboard to the latest audio-visual applications and hardware, they specialise in combining hands-on creative activities with cutting edge multimedia application, to deliver stunning mixed media experiences. This is one example of the projection work that they do. Its from a series called Future Curious. iOn their website, Smith talk about what inspires her to do this and she says, “Inspiration comes from the really mundane things, or from the want to make someone smile. Friends and other artists that I meet, and then collaborate with, also play a big part in my creative process.   I’ll see someone’s work, and then get a spark of inspiration for how it might collaborate into a new piece.” This is why I want to create this work, I have seen the work being done at Urban projections and think I can recreate it with my own touch.

 

 

Bibliography

Urban Productions, 2016, date accessed 03 April, <https://www.urbanprojections.com/about&gt;

MEDA 301 Wk 5

My initial idea for my project was quite simple but if done correctly would be very aesthetically pleasing. By slowing down the shutter speed of a camera, you get a motion blur effect, meaning anything that was moving during the time the shutter was open, would be blurred. Examples of this can be seen in my previous blogs from artists Michael Kenna, Timothy Hogan and Jim Richardson. My project was going to be a series of images, with the motion-blurred effect, telling a certain story.

This appealed to myself as it created another element to photography that gave it more of a natural feeling. When an image is taken with a fast shutter speed, there is no movement shown, which can be a good thing sometimes, but for the purpose of my practice I wanted to explore motion and explore the idea of capturing time within an image.

My research began with exploring the technical aspects of capturing such an image. What settings on a camera were required to take such photos, and how does changing one setting on a camera affect another. Luckily for myself I have had a little bit of history with photography and consider myself pretty handy with a camera, but I still researched the methods, as it could only be more beneficial for my chosen practice.

After talking with others in my class and brainstorming, I decided to try something else, still within the strains of capturing motion, but adding another digitalised element. My idea was to set up a camera in the gallery that captures an image of a person as they stand in front of the camera or walk past, and then have the image projected on a screen in front of them. To achieve this I needed to understand the process of live video projection.

Tethered shooting is a process that I looked into which essentially uploads the photo straight to a computer via a corded connection. This seemed like the most logical way to achieve what I wanted as I could just connect a projector to the laptop, giving me live projections of the images I am taking.17792585_10212607736738039_1249687745_n

MEDA 301 Wk 4

As of right now I have made several student films and stretched my photography abilities and am constantly updating my knowledge of films, film production and photography. Sitting at the top of my goals is to write and direct a large budget film. To reach this goal is not going to be easy, firstly I must get my foot in the door, therefore my best chance is to get involved in my Aunt’s work. Felicity Packard is screenwriter in Australia and has worked on several projects such as the Underbelly series, Anzac Girls series and the new Wolf Creek series.

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As an aspiring filmmaker and photographer, the opportunity of having such an established mentor would be incredibly beneficial to reach my goals. Felicity would not only be able to guide me with my writing, she would also be able to introduce me to more people in the industry with more of a closer association to film production, i.e. Directors, Camera Operators, Producers etc.

Another possible mentor is Arthur Hill, who works as a television producer and camera operator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Arthur has worked for the ABC for the past 20 years, improving his knowledge of both live and pre-taped television. While Felicity could help me with more of the theory elements of my practice, Arthur would be able to help me with the more practical elements of it.

As for the photography side of my practice, a friend of mine, Scott Ruzzene, whom I met while working in a café in Wollongong has shown himself to be a very talented landscape photographer, especially taking photographs with different shutter speeds, capturing motion blur. Just by shadowing Scott on some of his shoots, I would be able to learn more about photography and pick up different skills that would help me improve my abilities.

By having these three possible mentors, all in different fields but still relating to my practice, would be incredibly beneficial for myself. While felicity would help me with my writing and getting my foot in the door, Arthur would help me develop a better knowledge of producing and operating television and film quality cameras, and finally Scott would help me develop a stronger familiarity with the skills required to be a talented photographer and a better understanding on how cameras work.

MEDA 301 Wk 3

Peter Lik is a Melbourne born artist who has made his name in landscape photography. Lik has been capturing landscapes from as early as eight years old when he received a Brownie Kodak for his birthday and photographed a spider web in his garden. After this moment, Lik spent the next 30 years stretching the boundaries of landscape photography and fine art.

Lik spent over two decades travelling in between Australia and the United States of America, discovering his talent for the panoramic camera format, honing his craft and establishing his prominent position in the world of fine art photography. Lik has taken photos of many different things but mostly focusing on landscapes. In the late 90’s, Lik began his project ‘Spirit of America’. Lik travelled over fifty thousand miles across America, using more than a thousand rolls of film. This project consisted of landscapes of all 50 American states.

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Lik really became more of a household name after 2011-12 due to the success of ‘Ghost’ and ‘Inner Peace’ being displayed at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. NBC would later produce his own television series “From the Edge with Peter Lik” which featured Lik travelling to all sorts of areas of America, battling disruptive weather and uncooperative climate to chase the ‘Perfect Shot’.

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After three solid decades in the Photography industry, Lik had his greatest triumph in 2014 when his photo ‘Phantom’ sold for a record breaking $6.5 million USD, making it the most expensive photograph in history. Along with the sale of his other works ‘Illusion’, ‘Eternal Moods’ and ‘One’, Lik holds four spots in the top 20 of highest selling photographs.

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Phantom, Antelope Canyon, Arizona

The thing that is still driving Peter Lik, is his chase for the ever elusive ‘Perfect Shot’. When asked which of his photographs is his favourite, he replied “I haven’t taken it yet”. To me this is a perfect hero to look up to, because after 30 years of great success, he is still just as driven to better his practice then when he first picked up that Brownie Kodak when he was eight years old.

 

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Pictionary – A Game of Quickdraw

Every Christmas, my extended family come together for a day of great food and great competition, none more so then the battle of bragging rights over the game of Pictionary. Pictionary is a board game first developed back in 1985 by Robert Angel in his Seattle apartment, developed under Western Publishing before being bought by Hasbro in 1994. The game has developed immensely over the past 30 years to now being in the top 10 highest selling board games of all-time.

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Pictionary is a game based off the always-popular ‘Charades’ but instead of acting out the clues, you must draw them. It is a 2-4-team game, with up to 16 people being able to participate. The aim of the game is to win rounds, moving your token around the board to the finish line before all the other teams. The rounds can be decided in two ways, the first being an individual team round. This means that the team that one the previous round must roll the dice and draw whatever colour they land on corresponding subject. They will then have 1 minute to draw, while the rest of their team tries to guess. The second way is if the previous round winner lands on an All-play, this means that all teams will draw the same thing with the first team guessing correctly winning the round. The possible clues to draw are a Person/Place/Animal, Object, Action, Difficult (hard to draw) and All-play. If the clue has an side arrow before it, it is also an all-play.

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Obviously, over the years the games design has changed, the classic old black box and simple board (refer to first pic) is the edition that I own and can only be bought second hand. The current edition is far more colourful and playful making it more appealing to a younger demographic. One of the new editions (featured below), has evolved from the standard pencil and paper, to have markers and erasable whiteboards, meaning you wont have to waste your time running around the house looking for old pencils and paper, because lets face it, we are in a digital age now where pen and paper are dying. 91RmiIcPRxL._SL1500_.jpg

I believe the reason Pictionary has been so long lasting and a standard board game in everyones home is because it is just so simple. Any one can play it, because anyone can pick up a pencil and draw, no matter how bad of artist you are. In fact, I feel that talented drawers are disadvantaged due to the detail they go for in their drawings. Its a game of quick draw, not a game of who can draw. The only real issues I have ever come across playing this wonderful game are some of the clues. The Hasbro edition of the game states that the game can be played from the ages of 12+, yet how can you trust a 12 year old to know what ‘virtue’ or ‘prophet’ are, let alone draw them. In my house, if we ever come across a word that someone doesn’t know, we either try explaining it to them, or we just draw another card. Another option of course is the ‘Junior Pictionary’ edition, which was released by Mattel Games, and has an age range of 7+. Although the clues such as ‘banana’ and ‘pig’ may be to simple for the adults.

You can currently buy Pictionary for $34.99-$40.00 AUD from many of Australia’s retail stores and I encourage everyone to do so. This game is perfect for a quiet night in with the family, or over some drinks with friends. It takes teamwork and a great deal of patience, but the rewards of bragging rights will make it all worth it.

Will Packard

 

MEDA 301 Wk 2

Compile a list of five contemporaries in your field or who might inform your research either practically or conceptually.

  • Jim Richardson
  • Michael Bosanko
  • Tyler Westcott
  • Timothy Hogan
  • Michael Kenna

 

Find one work each from three of these contemporaries that resonates with your project. 

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Michael Kenna –Chateau Lafite Rothschild

This work by Michael Kenna is a great example of motion blur. Although it doesn’t feature to much, just a tree line with what looks like a church steeple just poking through, this image reflects the idea of time and just by looking at it, it makes you feel like you are just watching time go by. The black and white effect also adds to that dreariness, sort of like you are stuck in a loop.

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This work by Timothy Hogan is also a great example of motion blur, but unlike Kenna’s work which sort of gives off this depressed, dreary feel. Hogans work on the other hand is more cheerful and more colourful. You don’t feel like you are getting stuck looking at it. The image features an orange cocktail being slid across a table, capturing the movement from one side to the other. This image just looks a lot faster than Kenna’s, Time is moving quicker.
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Jim Richardson – Celtic Realm

Unlike the other two images used, Jim Richardsons ‘Celtic Realm’ features a person as its subject. I find time to be moving quite fast in this photo due to all the movement, and motion blur in the image.

 

Historical timeline of Photography and Motion Blur

  • Joseph Nicephor Niépce in the late 1830’s used a portable camera obscura to expose a pewter plate coated with bitumen to light.
  • The development of the Daguerrotype in 1839
  • Emulsion plates replacing Daguerrotypes due to the dramatically reduced exposure times.
  • Kodak was founded in the 1880’s by George Eastman, developing cameras that everyone can use.
  • The first Polaroid was released in 1948, giving the photographer what was referred to back then as an ‘Instant Camera’, due to the picture printing out immediately.
  • In the 1950’s, Asahi released cameras allowing the photographer to have a more advanced approach to the image control.

Identify 5 academic articles.

  • Lee, M., Photography Salem Press Encyclopedia, January, 2016
  • R, Hariman, J L Lucaites, Photography: The Abundant Art, Photography and Culture, Volume 9, 2016 – Issue 1 April, 2016
  • A, Azoulay, What is a Photograph? What is Photography?, Philosophy of Photography, Volume 1, Number 1, March 2010, pp. 9-13(5)
  • Bull, S 2010, Photography / Stephen Bull, n.p.: London ; New York : Routledge, 2010., UOW Catalogue, EBSCOhost
  • Modeling of image shutters and motion blur in analog and digital camera systems’ 2009, 2009 16Th IEEE International Conference On Image Processing (ICIP), Image Processing (ICIP), 2009 16Th IEEE International Conference On, p. 3457, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, EBSCOhost

MEDA301 Week 1

What is my Practice?

Capturing motion using film and photography

Do you see yourself or your learning situate in an existing field? (e.g. communication and media studies, creative practice, screen or moving image, media arts etc.)

Photography and Film

Write down some key words that describe this field, actions or tasks related to this field (e.g. Image-making, material investigation, social media, research etc.).

Motion Capturing, movement, still, video, shutter speed

Look through the projects that you created in the past (academic or outside of university), find one that interests you the most. Describe the project in one or two sentences.

In the past I have done a few series of photographs, altering shutter speeds to give altered effects on the images. As for videos I have created in the past, several short films and multiple experimental films that explore the many aspects of film.

Aspects I wish to pursue.

With this project I hope to explore the relationship between still images and moving images and how they differ and how the relate.

Write down five of the most important skills and knowledge that you consider vital to your learning in your field of practice.

  • Camera Skills
  • Post production knowledge
  • Researching for scenes to shoot
  • Lighting knowledge
  • Improving and adapting from the last image