Synthesizing Ideas for Points!

Synthesizing Ideas for Points by Re-Defining Photography!  

I have been getting a few interesting inquiries about generating content for our class projects. It has been mainly about what qualifies as a “legit” contribution to the course projects criteria listed on our syllabus. The short answer is, you decide! I know, that may seem like a lot of power but think of how you can direct that power and what you will learn in the process. The key word is process. As you practice blogging (and you certainly are at this point) something great will occur to you over time. You will notice that you are developing both a blogging style as well as a series of techniques to communicate via the web. You will notice that creating, expressing and sharing what you are passionate about through your blog will enhance the content. So, is it possible to create and event, tell a story and create a tutorial about how it all came about? Indeed it is. Perhaps this post can serve as an example, or start a thread for you to personalize and transcend.

In a recent post on my personal blog I talked about re-defining my relationship to the medium of photography and integrating more of it into my work as an artist. I have been thinking, what better way to do that than to make a 1 year commitment to a project. I could shoot a series of pictures each week, choose and edit the most interesting ones, write something about each of them, and post them onto my blog for the year to see how they build. I proposed to post a minimum of at least one photo per week (I am going for quality here) but if it happens more than that, so be it. The intention is to define and understand how and why I am shooting the subjects that I choose, and what each image “means.” I am interested in discovering and communicating my visual world by recording fragments from daily life. I may be setting up fictional props and installations to accompany this. All of the images will be shot and captured in a digital image format. I choose to create a new process for how I plan to later show the works as they exceed this blog and my social media profiles. This project has far exceeded my original intention and continues! I do not have any plans to slow it down.

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I have been using flickr since 2005 as an archive to share and show my art and its processes. At the time, I created two separate sets for photography of this nature. One is titled “RMS Photography” which for the most part is what I “thought” photography was, and what “should” be in that set. The other is titled “Video Art Frames, Projections, & Film Stills.” I feel that this set is far more interesting and it has also become a part of my next step. I have been experimenting with digital film making and video art as a medium for over ten years. I enjoy writing and creating fictional narratives, editing sequences, creating manual filters, and working with the related software and technology. As a result of this in repetition during the editing process I discovered still frame compositions that held my interest. I started a collection, and it grew, and grew. I started manipulating the images in a variety of ways. Over 3,000 images later, I realized that I had to finally synthesize my perception of photography and the existing video / film still archive into another entity. So, here I am. Mobil phones and other portable devices have certainly upped the game, this is contributing to my process big time.

I have a created a specific set on my flickr blog to archive the project::

Equipment Update 4/1/13- I have used an i-pod touch as a camera source for this project from 4/1/13 – 12/20/13.

Equipment Update 2/3/13 – I am happy to announce that a Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS has been added to the equipment bag for this project.

Equipment Update 1/2/14 – I have added the iphone 5C to the project.

Degenerated Digital process Experiment

How would you title this post? Digital Storytelling? Tutorial? Process / Event creation? Am I leaving something out? Have you considered collaborating with another one of your classmates to generate something for our platform?

Sky is the limit.

2 thoughts on “Synthesizing Ideas for Points!”

  1. This was super informative. I wasn’t really having any problems blogging but this really inspired me to put more work in my blogging style. Thanks for sharing this Professor Smith!

    1. This was post by Professor Ryan Seslow. I think we can name all that tutorial, digital story telling. I wasn’t sure but we show me how we can have all in one post. I finally finished and post my first gif. I love CT and our both Professor.

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