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