This week I chose two photos, again, seemingly unrelated, but combined to make some new meanings.
The two photos had the following subtexts:
Today is a beautiful day. Just feel really grateful to be alive. #grateful365
Honoka is a Japanese exchange student who has been living with us for five days. She is awesome, and we are happy that she made it home ok from school today in the freezing cold Canadian winds. #grateful365
What I did was cut out a portion of the background and placed part of a landscape scene from University in its place. I think it creates a kind of other-worldy feeling, which is what she must be going through. Also, the symbols that I have placed on the pillar do spell the title of the peace ‘New Scene’, but I chose the dingbats font, which is basically symbol gibberish, to give an essence of what she must be feeling coming to Canada from Japan. The viewer will look at the symbols and think “well, what does that mean?”, which Honoka must also be thinking to herself dozens of times a day just over the language undertanding that we take for granted.
She has a black and white background because she stands out as being different from, but still a part of, the bigger picture.
I have decided to work with a series of combined photos that focus on the theme of gratitude. Every day I will take a photo of something I’m grateful for, add a quote, and then once a week I will combine two of them and add a title combining the two themes.
This week the two concepts that have been combine are as follows:
My girl. Gives me more joy than I can put into words. #grateful365
I’m grateful for the warmer day today, and the frosted scenery. #grateful365
The title Love & Place comes from the combination of the love I have for my wife, alongside the gratitude I have for the location, thus I have framed ourselves in the scenery, much in the same ways our lives are.
Obviously I am a huge fan of my kids, and it is of interest to me to document their growth and little personality changes. Today this is something which is very easy to do; we can do so much cataloging from our ‘phones’ much of what we used to do to document has been taken out of the equation. We do not need a camera, video camera, place to develop photos, scrapbook etc etc; the process to take a HD photo, check if we want to keep it, adjust a filter, a frame and then share it with all the people we want to see it can be done easily within seconds.
Now I’m a man who likes to play around with my photos and videos so its not just enough for me to record a video of my kid eating a cookie, no, I have to have a start sequence with transitions, it has to have titles and sound effects, the music has to be originally composed, but how to do all that in the busy man’s life. Well, I found a way.
On the iPhone 5 you can down load versions of both iMovie and GarageBand to the phone to work alongside each other. On the iMovie app you can choose a theme and add transitions on the fly, it does offer music as well, but if, like me, that is not good enough, you can compose original music on the GarageBand app and export it directly into the video you are composing. So now I don’t have to record my clips and then upload them to my computer at home to work on it and make it look as pro as I like, I took out the middle man, and did it all from the movie suite I have installed on my phone. It took a little while to upload in 1080p, but that meant my computer was free to do other things, check the result.
During our online get together this week we had a speaker named Alan Levine; he created a website which displays 50 ways to tell a story using free online tools. This weeks task involves completing two different online tools to tell a story. For the first I used a website called Animoto; a rather interesting ‘free’ video tool that includes some rather spectacular animations. Using some of my own photos of my daughter, along with inspiration from the provided music and animation, I created Snow Globe Girl, the little girl forever walking in the globe whose sole task is to put the effort into making wishes come true.
Animoto was very intuitive, user friendly, and jam packed with high quality content, including animated themes and music. You can see from the video I quickly produced that this site has a lot to offer in terms of production and creativity.
This is the second installment of the tech task relating to adding a six word story to an image. This time I typed in the word beauty into Compfight, and found this really beautiful arial view of, what I believe to be, New York (could be wrong). Now I experimented with different concepts to see what kind of story or emotion I could attach to the image, and finally rested on this idea that there is some presence watching over us, from high above, or space even. I have just recently finished reading 1984, by George Orwell, which may have influenced this idea of an all watching, dominating, omni-presence.
Our tech task for this week was to find an image, and create a 6 word story with it, paying attention to text placement. We had to choose one that did not belong to us originally, so we could then display the relevant links in line with ‘creative commons’ usage policies. I chose the site that our tutor showed us in class called Compfight to find the above, which is associated with Flickr; I also personally use one called stock.xchng.
We have received a whole lot of kid’s staple/generic invitations recently. I wanted to do something a little different for Ella’s birthday this year and created a more personal, one might say demanding, invitation.