Daily Create Task – ‘Flaws in the Urban Landscape’ (08/04/15)

I’ve found that I’m struggling to create at least 5 Daily Create tasks a week,

Cultureand I definitely feel this has to change. SO, today marks the beginning of creating a Daily Create task, EVERYDAY from now. Therefore, today I am sharing two photos that I believe represent the concept of thishousetoday’s task. A couple of years ago, I visited the country Montenegro, and was totally blown away by the beautiful amount of urban decay surrounding me. I brought my camera around with me everyday of the trip, and captured so many different photographs of deteriorating buildings that were engorged with rotting nature. I used a lot of the photos that I captured for my Photography project, however to this day it still saddens me that I have never used them for anything else since. So I’m pleased to include these two photos to represent the Daily Create task.

Unit 5 : Photoblitzing

Photoblitzing was quite an enjoyable task as it reminded me a lot of the Daily Create, in that it involved having to create something spontaneous in a short period of time. The task entailed having to take as many photos from the list as possible in 15 minutes. I gave it my best but unfortunately, the flat that I live in doesn’t provide me with the most interesting of resources, so I selected ones from the list that I knew I’d be able to capture, and managed to get 5 photos from the list. I enjoyed this task as different to the Daily Create, it put me under a timeframe to complete the task, so I felt more pressure. Needless to say this was assuringly a good thing, as I had to hone my creativity on the spot and deliver instant results. Below you can view the 5 photos I managed to take 🙂

1) ‘Make an ordinary object look more interesting, almost supernatural’photoblitz 1

I kept a rose from a bouquet I received a couple of months ago, and as you can imagine, the rose has definitely lost its life over the last several weeks. It was night time when I began this task, and I was sitting in my room with my lamp on when the idea came to me. So I placed the dead rose in a vase and placed it in front of the lamp. This created a lot of dark shadows on the dimly lit rose, which I think makes the rose look more interesting, and perhaps quite supernatural.

2) ‘Take a photo of two things that do not belong together’

Pretty self explanatory really; chocolate and cheese do not go together. Although photoblitz 5THEY DO. This was the first thing that sprung to my mind when I approached this point of the task. Call me crazy, but I really do enjoy eating chocolate mixed with cheese. Luckily, I had both the ingredients in my kitchen, so giving the means of the time frame, I ran in and quickly assembled the two in ready for a photograph. And here it is, voilà!

3) ‘Take a photo dominated by a single colour’

Yesterday was my flatmates birthday, and we all bought her a big, bright pink photoblitz 3balloon and decorations. This task from the list was quite a simple one, so I took a picture of the balloon to depict a photo that is dominated by a single colour. What is great about this balloon, is that the different sources of light and reflection create different shades and textures of the colour pink. So this isn’t just a photo that is dominated by one shade of pink, it’s dominated by a variety of shades of pink.

4) ‘Take a photo that makes use of converging lines’photoblitz 4

To capture the idea of ‘converging lines’ in a photography piece, (considering the short period of time to complete this task) I fetched 5 pencils from my pencil case and placed them in a composition that resembles convergence.

5) Take another photo of a timepiece that shows the time you stopped. It should be fifteen minutes since step 1, right?

And this photo marks the end of the task. I finished this task 15 minutes after I photoblitz 2began; at 11.37pm. Seeing as I used my phone to time the task, I thought it would be effective to use it to show the exact time I stopped the task.

In reflection, I think I would have been able to capture more photos from the list if the time frame wasn’t there and I was able to go outside and spend time finding the appropriate photos. Although, it was clear that the fundamental aim of this task was to see what interesting photographic ideas you could generate under pressure.

Unit 4 Assignment Bank Task : Tell a story using only sound effects

I quite enjoyed this task because it allowed me to explore my creativity within kitchener_276x364using Audio. For this assignment, we were asked to create a 30-60 seconds audio piece which tells a story by using only sound effects. I’ve always had a huge interest for World War 1 history, and I thought it would be a good theme to explore in this assignment. It’s interesting to note the varied depictions of the Great War, so I felt this would be an effective theme to portray in sound as it will reflect how I believe the war sounded like. I used Adobe Audition to import all of my audio files and I used ‘freesound.org’ to source the sound effects.

Listen to it here. Any comments on the piece would be much appreciated 🙂

Unit 4 : Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad : ‘How radio creates empathy’

I found this video to be an interesting watch as it made me realise how effective 9radio is. He explained how the absense of pictures is a lacking element, yet it’s effective as you can describe things through the tone and description in your voice, and it makes you imagine things. I also found that he made a lot of sense when he describes ‘co-authorship’ and the potential of empathy; you have to fill the gap of picturelessness. Following this, it really made me understand the immediacy and connection you can have with another person through radio – you have to co-imagine. He also inspired me a lot when he became so passionate about connecting through radio. He believes that with audio storytelling, people can put certain images and feelings in your mind and he knows you can connect with them. The human voice has so much information in it, and the vibrations of the voice; and the way it rises and falls in volume is perhaps the reason why radio never dies because our voices are the ‘engines of everything we do’.I really did enjoy listening to his concepts on why he believes radio is so powerful and that it will never die. It really made me start to think for myself why audio storytelling is so effective. I came into this unit with quite a closed mind because I don’t have much interest in the matter, but at this early on in the unit, I really started to find some interest in it.

Unit 4 : Ira Glass on Storytelling

I watched parts 1 and 2 of Ira Glass on Storytelling to learn about his concept of oral storytelling. He described the strategy behind a good story, which consisted of what he referred to as ‘building blocks’. The first block is the anecdote, which is what creates the sequence of actions. It is the story in its purest form. I enjoyed listening to his concept of the anecdote as it made a lot of sense to me and got me thinking about the actual structure behind orally telling stories. Glass says that the anecdote is the product that helps the story move from one thing to the other. He also explained that no matter how boring a storyline is, with the way you tell the story, it has a momentum in itself. Also, with the way that you read a story, it creates suspense, and you can feel its form in a hearing way.

Glass then goes onto explain the second building block; debate. Initially, I was quite surprised to hear that ‘debate’ was the other crucial element in good storytelling, but after he further explained the concept, it made perfect sense to me, as of course, in order to tell a good story, you have to raise questions for the readers, so that they are compelled and want to read on.

Following this, he then explains the hindering aspects of audio storytelling. He explains that when the building blocks are separate from eachother, the story is not as effective, as for example, with the anecdote alone; the story is compelling, but it doesn’t seem to come together because there is no sequence of action. However, with perseverance and combining the two building blocks, you can make a good story.