Journey in Progress: WIP so far

After I finalized my idea:

Initially I considered between arranging my feet neatly…IMAG3903

Or not so neatly (naturally) IMAG3896

One has the benefit of consistency, while the other, although the positions are not always flattering, has the benefit of adding more character to my work.

In the end I decided on the latter because as the work will only last a short week, I think the character might be more important than the consistency, which is already present by the system.

Fast forward a week, putting the photos together:

The process involves a lot of stress eating and literally endless technical difficulties. Small rant: Murphy’s Law and Everything I touch dies.

… but I shan’t go too much into that >A<

Oh one of the non-technical difficulties though, was to work through the hundreds and hundreds of photos I had through the week. It was decidedly challenging because not only must I sieve out the ones not meant for the project (Some of them are surprisingly similar), I have to match the photos of the feet to the photos of the things in front of me… And no, due to human error, not all of them match accurately by the end of the week, I had to remove 2-3 photos that couldn’t find the other half of the “pair” ><.

Then, a lot of my “research” involves more of the technical aspects of using premiere than any artists references.

One of the first things I did was look up how to create split screen.Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 8.37.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 9.58.02 PM These are my split screen try outs in the orientations I initially planned, I was not sure of the orientations so I had both vertical and horizontal photos initially.

I was more inclined towards the latter (With ideally better cropping). but yes in hind sight it was weird and what was I thinking.

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Thats more like it. This was an orientation I only thought of while looking for the split screen tutorial.

I also added some transitions, which was simply the fading effect. I did try most if not all the transitions readily available, but that was still the most effective one.

Link to WIP video

 (I tried to download it from google drive 5 times and it failed. Dropbox also failed. And the mac doesn’t like my external drive.)>

By this point I had the general idea that I would be exploring the “flow” in life… which given my hourly photos, should be pretty consistent right.

But the consistent pacing is quite boring. Or at least not engaging to the viewers at all. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about that until some advice by the prof and classmates ^w^

I have been changing the pacing of some of the photos. My video will be aiming to portray how life is experienced instead of the dull consistency at which the photos are taken.

I was also a bit stumped by the audio to incorporate into the video. Initially I considered poetry (because I love slam poetry…but that’s a bias) or narration. But I did not know what poetry nor narration could be suitable for this… I am quite unaccustomed to these kind of experimental videos haha >A<

Then I considered instrumentals… which would be easier to fit I think. I might still consider adding that at some points… it might be atmospheric but it will largely depend on my selection of them ><”

Finally, prof recommended ambient sounds! Ah… it’s… not something I considered initially, but right now I have been recording some sounds and it might actually work ^^

Let’s see how far these experimentation can take me! ^^

Journey in Progress: Initial deas/thought process

Featured image is, again, my brainstorming list. It went from I have no idea what I’m going to do, to I have too many ideas, back to I have /almost/ no idea because I didn’t really like any of my ideas.

Of the list I shortlisted 3 or 4 ideas.

One involved Green Corridor, or the “Wild place” as my friend and I used to call it. I had a vague idea that I want to take photos of plushies in the jungle/foresty place (And I still do), but I had no solid plot (This is going to be a recurring problem..). I did not find any of my plushies suitable, not any props since I had. No. Plot. D<

The second one…


I wanted to play with the idea of the body as a temple, so going through part of the body (scars and markings..) would be a pilgrimage of sorts, and likening the body to some sort of landscape.

I really like the idea, and I attempted some shots. Unfortunately I was not entirely comfortable with the execution of the idea in more than one ways… plus I would prefer to use a better camera (Macrophotography) which will be difficult for me to use at my current skill level >A<

I also briefly considered the idea of books… again. Link to what I did for the similar topic for the the portfolio application earlier in the year.

It’s more of photomanips, so I’m not sure how suitable it’ll be. Plus, I felt a bit redundant when I keep using the same subject matter in my works, so it was swiftly rejected.

In the end, I decide to try something I have never done before: “system” work.
It’s inspired by the artist Prof showed us in class, Tehching Hsieh’s “Lifework”

It was, in a way, simple. I take two photo once every waking hour for a week, one of my feet, and one of whatever is in front of me. The journey is, of course, just my life.

This kind of video is unlike anything I have ever done before X”DD


Falling into Books

Featured image (top) is the final display.

Photos below are organized in the originally intended order of a story:

1 Display of all the books. This didn’t change from my initial idea. Consist of 3 sketchbooks and 7 Diaries and Journals through the years, as well as some random novels I love, in both English and Chinese. It’s the first picture as it severs to “set the stage”  or the theme of the entire series of photographs.

2 My eyes. When I did my first task a classmate said that my combined love of eyes, books and drawing makes me a very visual person. That’s true.

It might not be very nice that the phone is reflected in my eyes (I did try to edit it a bit). However I like it as a highlight in my eyes, and it’s interesting because the image of my eyes on the phone screen can actually also be seen if scrutinized.

3 Falling.


5 Sinking.

6 This is one of the first photos I took and it turned out well enough I kept it till the end. The mask is one I got in Vienna (Nope, not Venice.) And I love it’s intricate and artistic detail.

It is a good representation of myself (the reason is personal and irrelevant) yet it also symbolize the characters one can take on while reading (novels in particular). Kind of like hiding from reality in a book by wearing different masks and relating to different characters. Reading is always a solace.

7 Originally intended to mirror the first photo in terms of set up as well as content, with the addition of the mask. However I’m glad I explored and changed the original composition. The spiral here is much more aesthetically pleasing, and it is meant to generate some sense of being absorbed into the books. Hopefully it’s like falling into the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, as the title of my series might suggest.

Overall I am quite happy with this assignment. I didn’t intend for it to be about books, again (I did that for my portfolio earlier this year) and I didn’t know what mood nor story I was going for. Yet in the end the photos were natural and the dreamy and fantasy mood just…happened. Perhaps it’s subconscious but it so accurately depicts the “in a world of my own” feeling I love when reading. And given the amount of time I spent with books, what other object could be as effective a self-portrait?

WIP: Self portrait

Featured image is part of my brainstorming list @@.

I basically started taking random photos of objects to explore my options.IMAG3590Objects on my tableIMAG3589Having a book for breakfast..IMAG3591IMAG3594 These are petticoats for Lolita fashion which I love (and the name is irrelevant to the book by Vladimir… Nabokov ^^”) The first one is exploring blue/cyan as my favorite color, the second, the possible “eye” motif.

IMAG3611 My beloved (but neglected @@) guitar.

IMAG3600IMAG3605IMAG3604 The amount of bottles I keep. Obviously exploring the “eye” motif again, trying to put my hand in to explore object as an extension of self.

IMAG3615 IMAG3616 Boxes of valued items, and beloved CDs.

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After a lot of detour and exploring I finally decided on my book theme, and above are two relevant but rejected photos from the first round of shoots.

Second round of shoots are a lot more dull and consist of more redundant photos to get the “perfect” one. But these are some of the ones from the work in progress.

IMAG3679 IMAG3709Tryouts to get the hair without the face, and early composition for one of the photos.


The “books” as a journey/ pathway attempts. There’s actually quite a few things I like in this part of the exploration with my feet, but mostly it did not fit well into the series and I had to reject them.

I also really wanted to incorporate the “object as an extension of self” idea. But alas it didn’t work out, be it due to the mood of the photo or the composition or the things in the background…

IMAG3714 … And I don’t even know what to say about this. It was weird. And difficult to take when I can’t see what I’m doing.

That’s all.