- Rule of thirds
- Leading lines
- Strong diagonals
- Point of view
- Depth of field
- Strong foreground
- Fill frame
- Active space
My attempt for class activity:
|| Strong diagonals, active space ||
Project 1 research:
If I suddenly disappeared while doing my everyday chores, what would the world look like without me in that instant?
What a peculiar (and slightly depressing) question to ponder about.
In this project, there were two main things to be taken care of:
I decided that it was a wiser choice to start thinking about content first.
Content: What objects tell others about myself?
Recalling what we learned about semiotics in the first lesson, I decided to first scope some life themes and then do some research on symbolism and allegory for them.
The life themes that I found included:
–Family, friends, community, knowledge, nature, growth, time. solitude, and recreation.
Below are some symbolism/allegories that I have found for these themes:
Family- Tree (life, origin, family, nature)
Workload, responsibilities- bag pack
Knowledge – books, glasses
Time – clock, calendar, road (passage of time)
Growth/Youth- Tree, playground
I decided to mix these symbolic subjects up with subject matter that was both important and personal to me and below is the list of ideas that I came up with:
Music – piano, earpieces
My past (specifically band)
Every day things – lrt gantry
Knowledge – book at lib/ glasses
Love for nature – botanical gardens, community garden
Time – clock/calendar/road
My love for solitude/privacy/self-reflection – diary, room (yes, with the cluttered floor and everything), mirror
Creation – my 3D hw/tablet/sketchbook/bunch of drawings/art tools
Growth – Tree (family, origins),
Community, youth – playground
Losing my identity as I go through life (WTF SO DEEP b0SS)
No longer there physically
Clouds – transience
Those were cool and all, but they didn’t tell a story.
Why my pictures didn’t make the cut:
- There was too much background such that the background of the photos became my subject.
- There was too little subject matter. I only had a single subject for most of the photos.
It wasn’t until I consulted XM for help and after receiving my 2D Project 2 that I had an epiphany of what I could add into my photograph.
The advice I received about telling a story and juxtaposition. Focusing on the photo of me disappearing while making a cover, I could tell a more elaborate narrative about myself.
New narrative (this is really personal??):
(has to link back to the whole disappearing thing and what I left behind)
Ever since I was in primary school, I discovered anime (Japanese animated series) which really helped me to tide over a difficult period in my life (and has largely guided me on the path that I am on today). With each new series I watched, I enjoyed printing out the lyrics of the openings and endings of the new series and singing along to them. This hobby of mine developed even further when I discovered the vocaloid subculture in secondary school (yes, it’s all pretty complicated) whereby tons of creators from all around the globe could use these voice programmes to make their own songs, so you could imagine how massively huge my song collection got. I had begun learning how to make covers on my own of these songs using SUPER basic software and hardware such as Audacity and a simple Logitech microphone. I really enjoyed this hobby of mine but I never really had the audacity (oh no, unintended pun) to step out of my comfort zone and actually do singing (although I had band background). I’d watch my classmates go on school talent competitions in awe and admiration (even now).
SoOOOoO that was a pretty long but very personal story for me (even my parents don’t know 8’D). So I wanted to take a photo which conveyed a scene of me silently wanting to pursue this hobby further but always simply continuing to karaoke to myself, with myself in my bedroom, and never stepping outside of my comfort zone. When I disappear in the middle of my (almost daily) karaoke sessions, I leave behind all of these emotions behind as well.
My aim is to juxtapose the razzle-dazzle of singing on stage and the contentment of singing in my bedroom.
Instead of using the condenser mic in the previous photo I took, I decided to use a dynamic mic (that my family happens to have for some reason) because it is more commonly used by singers on stage, compared to condenser mics which are used in studios for recording, which implies a sense of isolation from everyone when singing. Also, it was a more easily identifiable symbol of the act of singing.
This is paired with red bed-sheets (to simulate the red curtains of a stage) and colourful lights so it could value-add to the whole flashy theatricality of singing on stage. I am also including a black jacket (which I presumably threw “on-stage” before I disappeared) because my favourite rock singer always wears a jacket/hoodie.
Pertaining to the contentment of singing with contentment in the comfort of my own bedroom, I am including my bed (of course), stuff toys as an imaginary audience, anime posters stuck on the wall to indicate my preferred music genre.
With these subject matter, I will be attempting to take shots using the various techniques of composition that I have learned.
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