My interview went well.

My subject was very comfortable and open with information from her past and present, with little prompting. I personally hate to be interviewed, but being on the other side of the process was interesting. I had to approach the interview with little to no idea of what i story i wanted to be able to tell at the end of it. It’s like taking a photo without looking through the viewfinder at the subject. the outcome was blurry, out of focus, and altogether random.

Some very interesting moments took place during the interview that i found to be especially interesting as a jumping off point for my audio slideshow. Karen, my interviewee, was told early in her life that she was physically unable to have children. This caused her to be a work-a-holic, pouring her life heart and soul into her job with a swedish company called Tetropak.

I noticed a similar parallel to her life with her children; everything she does is through the veil of their existance. From the moment she wakes up in the morning, karen eats, breathes, drinks, sleeps Harrison and Emma. She schedules play dates and drives to school and to the doctor and the grocery story and the mall and the book store and the park and makes meals and packs lunches and clothes children all day every day, without any help. Her husband, Kent, works and does not get home until 6 or so in the evening, after most of the trials of the day have passed.

I think this parallel could serve as the basis for an interesting story as the subject of my audio visual slideshow. Although raising two children under the age of 4 is hard alone, at the age of 44, she has no regrets of the life she leads now. Her living and partying and working were all completed during her years as a successful business woman in the 80s and 90s. Now, she devotes her time to her children, fulfilling a role that she never anticipated.

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Jim Reed’s severe weather photography takes on new meaning after the events of hurricane katrina in new orleans; the timliness and boldness of his photos give the storms/weather real impact. The photo directly above this paragraph shows the impending doom of hurricane gustave on new orleans; the large size and extreme force of the storm is implied by its reaching past the edges of the photo and encompassing the buildings in the scene.

Journalists must know where to be, where the action is. I suppose in some ways, the weather channel makes Jim Reed’s job of photographing severe weather, such as hurricanes, easier. A hurricane gradually reaches land, thus providing Jim Reed enough time to plan his trip to the frontlines of the storms.

I particularly like the photo of his chase vehicle and the tornado coming out of a bright blue sky; weather is somewhat predictable, but always changing and adjusting. This dirty-looking tornado is descending to the ground from a bright, happy sky, creating an interesting juxtaposition that grabs viewers attention.

Per our discussion in class…..

an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mamma.

“The Birth of the Platypus” – In his 1997 manifesto “The Platypus Papers,” veteran newspaper and magazine photographer Dirck Halstead described a new breed of digital journalist: one with the skill to operate a video camera and at the same time cover a story with a still camera. He likened this strange new hybrid — part still photographer, part camerman, part correspondent, part soundman, and part producer. -http://digitalcontentproducer.com/mag/video_birth_platypus/

This is amazing light painting….

This photo of the camera is less amazing, but enlightening as to another technique to use to form more complicated light paintings.

The artist used five different shots and compiled them to create this final image. He traced the camera in 5 sections in 5 different exposures. After loading them into photoshop and merging the files, he used photoshop to add color to the light painting. I suppose adding the color is sort of cheating, but it makes for an interesting effect.

http://blog.epicedits.com/2007/12/10/16-inspirational-portrait-photography-techniques/

I especially like the texture in this photograph. Like i am drawn to the regularity of archetecture, i am similarly attracted to the texture and patterns of old faces and clothing. The photo becomes visually STIMULATING, not just appealing. i find myself wandering down the woman’s face via the paths of her wrinkles; the variations in her skin entice me to take in every aspect of her face clothes and demeanor.

I also like the concept of unusual poses, expressions and camera angles. However, i think these can be tricks to attract attention, but not hold it for an acceptable length of time. The interesting angle or pose can be a nice hook; it will grab the viewer but doesn’t provide much depth. I think this is when other compositional and design elements would be effective.

Of these images by Dean Alexander, Baltimore, MD.

http://photoawards.com/08/contests/winners_detail.asp?id=54519

I find archetectural photography to be very calming; the repetition and patterns reinforce the comfort of the stability and safety of the building or structure itself. I especially like the last photo i have posted here. The single man looking out of the window emphasizes the relationship of man to his creations. Dean Alexander took these photos for IBM’s annual reports as a sign of growth and integration. The final photo i think adds another element missing from the first two: the man, the individual. The figure seems insignificant to the huge buildings and wide expanse of structures lining the horizon; however, it was man who created such masterpieces. The structures contain the man, house him, protect him; but the man who designed and built the structures in the first place was contained by no bounds of the imagination. Alexander’s photography captures this sense of imagination and possibilities in his unique photographs. The buildings themselves represent an integration of imagination and possibilities: for it was possible to create the figment of one’s imagination. Alexander repeats this process in taking the photographs, and the viewers repeat it again as we lose ourselves in the repetition and design.

Oh how scientific photography is consumerized….

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/hubble_space_telescope_advent.html