There’s only 4 weeks left of University life as a full time student for me and as that time ticks away I will have to find new and exciting things to post here as I fully intend to keep this blog going. My blogging over the last 2 years has been very university work related and as such I have struggled to gain new viewers or a captured audience. I wouldn’t say I have played safe with my coursework, but I have spent my time as a student plugging the gaps in my wider knowledge, rather than focusing on one area of photography and taking it to the next level. It was a decision I didn’t take lightly and one I took on the back of advice from many professionals and an understanding of the photographic industry currently.
As part of this diversification, I will look to post up more conceptual work that I do day-to-day and also look to share with you all some of the stuff I am into currently and stuff I want to get into. As a little taster of this I would like to share with you some work I completed while walking in between the various sites I shot my final major images at in London. I love doing work that is charged with meaning and dripping with multi-layered content, but I also take great joy from having a good old fashion play with my cameras. On this day I happened to have on me my G12 bridge camera, which has on it a built in tilt shift lens and these are the results. Not everything in the world has to be serious and I really enjoyed exploring the world in miniature form. By narrowing the in focus lines on the world you create a super in focus band and a blurred outer that gives the impression that your subject is actually a miniature model or toy. I’ve found it works best from elevated positions where there is no clear connection with where you are standing and the point you are focusing on. Some of these have worked better than others and I will continue to explore the world this way whenever I get 10 minutes to myself up high. I’d love to get up the BT tower and try to use this function there, or from the Rotunda in Birmingham. You may also notice that one of these images now forms a key element to the blog as a header, the colours and the image prompted this refresh of the blog which I have designed myself using the software Artiseer. I hope you like both the layout and the work, If you could see a part of the world in miniature form what would you choose to look at?
A visit to the V&A has been long overdue and this was the second attempt to get into the decode exhibition thanks to some terrible planning by my lovely partner. This time booking ahead i got past the front desk and into the interactive area. I try to find inspiration from less linear routes and places and from things i find interesting and social media, and technology are at the peak of that currently. I have spent a lot of time thinking how i could turn social media into revenue for a photographer and almost overlooked how it could be turned into an art form. Thankfully a group of people have already covered that area and curated the decode exhibit.
The exhibition runs till april 22nd, so if you haven’t gone yet, there is still time. It asks questions about our interaction with computers and the digital world, about the mark we leave but never really consider and asks us to think deeper about the future of art as a digital hybrid.
Today Mez gave us a lecture on mash-up and api software. Its something a use a lot blindly without really understanding how it worked so it was good to absorb this information for storage later. Rather than re-gergetate whats already been said (which can be found @ http://tutorsite.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/hybrids-mashups-and-the-liberation-of-the-api/) i thought i’d have a closer look at a piece of software that is fast becoming the pinnacle of API tech whilst incorporating the best of rss and reader programs.
I am of course talking about google wave. now i knew very little about this software until twitter exploded on the subject a few days ago and i’ve been promised an account for it, but not in time for this module which made me a sad panda (cause surly reviewing tech and development of web 3.0 tech that runs on simple html 5.0 would grand me an insta-1st?) but thankfully google has released enough info for me to adequately inform you and tie it in.
If you dont want my take on it, which will be very me orientated on how i intend to apply the software to my life, here’s the sole source of my research. google’s Program designers and managers telling us everything we need to know at this stage (yes its an hour and a half long)
When i first saw this program i was quite bouncy because i can see just how much scope there is for expansion, but before i get to that lets talk basics.
google wave is a way to communicate and talk in a collaborative way. text conversations on the internet are very linear in delivery. you type, hit enter then send. i repeat the process. All messenger tools currently available all have the same drawback, the typing isn’t live. In wave it is. This is good and bad. It means ill have to think before i type and im really glad that it auto corrects spelling errors cause if i didn’t use my mac to write blogs you’d all be going google-eyed. I think this will mean that more and more the text will become more like a conversation and force me to improve my typing as im a bit of a keyboard watcher.
(a side not on the spell checker here. Its intelligent, it understands the difference between Iceland and island and will correct accordingly. I am thoroughly impressed by this feature and look forward to its roll out to other packages)
On top of this, you can edit and create documents live with multiple users. Imagine five people writing different opinions on this blog, where they feel it needs to be written at once. this could then be published directly to a blog. wow. There is a source for images as well and they can be uploaded. The organisation of the waves themselves is the same as searching for an email, but is in real time, so if a new wave comes in that matches your search criteria, it will go into your already searched category. Web 3.0 baby.
I see this as a fantastic way to network with other photographers and get feedback with them instantly on my work or on joint projects. Its a way our work can become the mash-up with many people editing work at once and collectively creating something unique. I see its potential in Universities for live viewing of note taking and i’m gutted we couldn’t use it in the #picbod module this year.
and it gets better, this is just the shell. I’ll be watching with baited breath now to see what apps developers come up with to plug this all together with other google tabs such as the reader and mail. Im stunned once again bythe creators of google maps and honestly see google as the future of the internet at the moment. It wont be the end of anything we currently have except maybe emails. But its the stepping stone to something truly great.