Trawling Gibson’s feed early on, I noticed that there were some humanitarian articles he shared, but most content was comparatively unimportant and disposable pop-culture. This in mind, I imagined a scenario wherein someone would login to a social network and instead be bombarded with real but depressing news, and how that’d affect them. With an edited crescendo during at last picture, I tried to emulate the overwhelming amount of attention celebrities receive on social media while dire, real world problems and events that desperately need the world’s attention fall by the wayside. I manipulated the element of time to speed up the transitions as the end drew near, indicating the persona’s distress at all this eye-opening news. Being that the ciné-roman format is experimental by nature, I wanted to see how a focus on capturing the digital realm more so than the tangible ‘real’ world would turn out using a format historically entrenched in reality and humanity, and my fast-paced project tries to inject that human connection by showing the digital world not obsessed with celebrities but waking users up to real problems. That said, I didn’t want to simply screenshot the aptly named GreatDismal’s latest Tweets; I used a program to find keywords from his past posts and tried to frame the shots to emphasize their messages. Unfortunately, flickering was a problem I ran into; and I couldn’t get the shutter speed of the camera and my screen’s refresh rate to synch to avoid this and I employed some digital techniques to alleviate this as best as possible.
Thanks to Anh Thuy Nguyen for the audio, it was great to work with and you possess really good audio editing skills! At the time of writing, Vimeo still hasn’t sent me a confirmation email so YouTube will have to do for now!
EDIT: Vimeo finally decided to allow me to upload! Link here.
My showcase explores the unnerving atmosphere of absence, unrealised potential, and subsequent surrealism that the University of Wollongong’s ‘Innovation’, more aptly quipped ‘Isolation’, Campus conveys to its scarce residents and visitors. Discussing with my tutor Nathan beforehand, I determined that I’d need to use some photographic techniques such as manipulated exposure on the camera to achieve the darkened hallway and washed-out blue tarp shots to satisfy the artificial lighting component, and exacerbate the theme of surrealism and blur any familiarity. Researching similar projects that explored my themes in contemporary locations proved difficult, mostly yielding abandoned buildings, until I remembered photos capturing Banksy’s work and wondered what it’d look like without his art in them, evident with the bike-rack/wall shot. Other times, I experimented with irregular shooting angles to convey scenes like the inexplicable crane inside with empty foyer, and the obscured, unsettling angle of the, innocently macabre, headless baker. The photos required very little in the way of digitally developing and altering, mostly minor colour grading and cropping to achieve the look I wanted for each photograph. My goal was to present a group of subtle photos that culminated in a bizarre sense of loss, squandered opportunity and oddity that I believe I ultimately succeeded in.
Above is my project statement for my recent MEDA101 assignment, which required me to scour the earth for opportunities to photograph the elusive concept of ‘the uncanny’. Instead, with realistic goals in mind, I took it upon myself instead on a Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, from about 10:30am, to merely scour the Innovation Campus that many of us know so little about, and compile a series of photos below that would finally show to my friends what a truly strange place it is to usually wander through on a Thursday afternoon. Unbelievably, even on a Monday morning the campus wasn’t exactly buzzing with activity.