Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Day 283 – @theashes

As you may notice I’m only updating today’s entry on the 29th of November and I have just encountered a funny incident on twitter in which an American woman, with the unfortunate twitter name of ‘theashes’ is getting inundated with tweets about the cricket! It seems to be another way in which the world is becoming smaller and random pieces of communication is being passed through people on a massive scale who, even a few years ago, would never have been aware of each other’s presence.

Oh, and that incident has very little to do with the strange picture for today! No, I wasn’t at an execution but was doing a photoshoot (undercover at a graveyard being bitten alive by mozzies!) for an advert assignment which I ended up discarding afterwards anyway! Just goes to show that pre-visualisation of how something is going to go can very often be completely off base.

Anyway back to the twitter incident with quotes for the day:

“The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful” – Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard law professor and Internet expert

“Whoever said that things have to be useful?”
– Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder and CEO


Day 189 – Pictures

Pictured is my friend Hugh, who I was taking a few photos of today for his website. In case it’s not obvious he is a film maker!

Film has such an interesting relationship to photography in that its very similar but also completely different. Film is a series of photos that combine to give a sense of movement, and photography takes one of those moments and immortalises it. It can tell more of the story by freezing time to allow a more considered contemplation and it can add an air of mystery by what it doesn’t show. It can also lie. Similarly video or films are moments put together to tell a story that resembles life, or in some cases is purely a product of imagination. Also similarly what the filmmaker choses to focus on narrows a narrative for the viewer and points them to the story. Neither is never the full story but every piece of art is a self portrait of the artist as well as what they want to say.

I’m terrible though, for someone who spends hours each week looking at photos, whether they’re in books, magazines, billboards, adverts, etc… I rarely watch examples of the moving image. I haven’t been to the cinema in forever and, apart from the news and the odd chat show, only watch one TV programme a week (Rush, Channel 10, Thurs 8pm!). I guess the influence of a sporting life in Ireland meant I was never home for the ‘good’ programmes in the afternoons and spent the most of my teens and twenties seeing TV as something that could be missed, in the grand scheme of things. (Pity I didn’t tell myself the same thing about the internet!)

As busy as I am now TV rarely gets a look in and too many bad or even average films have convinced me that cinema can so often amount to ‘2 hours of my life that I’ll never get back’! I should make time for it though, now that I can deconstruct images a little better (note a little, not a lot!), and try learn something from the people who were obviously good enough to get their show on TV or the big screen. I find it takes a bit of effort though, to analyse what you are looking at as well as getting caught up in the emotional drama, and too often it’s just easier to watch rather than actually see.

Quote of the day: The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. – John Huston

Day 182 – Halfway House

Well I guess it’s a bit of a coincidence that my birthday and the halfway point of the 365 project fall on the same day! It would signal time for reflecting, if I had any time to do exactly that! And while it does feel about a year from my last birthday it definately doesn’t seem half a year since Feburary, time has just flown. This project has been the biggest consumer of time in my life or anything I’ve ever done, not just taking A picture every day but thinking about photography, ideas, meanings and writing some of it down. But it definitely has been worth it too. I think now is a good time too to focus on what I need to do for the rest of the year and I might as well write them down so I remember!

1. Carry camera EVERYWHERE! Yes I think this would help me avoid the ‘oh crap it’s 11.59pm and I still haven’t taken a picture so I’ll just point it at the ceiling to fulfill the project requirements’ syndrome

2. Spend less time on the internet (said as I type whilst on the internet, oh the irony!). Maybe I can write out the blog words before I log on to avoid the temptation on clicking onto other irrelevant crap! Or if my mail could open without the Yahoo news stories maybe I wouldn’t get distracted as much! Anyone any more ideas on how to cut back on the interweb??!

3. Go to greater lengths to take pictures. And by this I don’t mean climbing illegally up onto the Harbour Bridge to get a better view of the city or breaking into abandoned buildings in the dead of night! More so having more courage and upstart to seek out the shot I want and getting better at convincing people of the necessity of recording moments.

4. More (good) portraits, not just crappy ones of a night out on the camera phone. I think that getting those types of pictures is connected with point number 3.

5. Read more (books not internet articles)

6. Go more places (that I haven’t been before) ((that it doesn’t cost much to get to)) (((where my camera gear won’t get robbed))) ((((or destroyed by fire, water, animals or small children))))

7. Interact/collaborate more with creative people and steal their ideas, oops I mean learn from them! 

8. Focus more and stop getting distracted (like my fascination with the upcoming election when I don’t even get a vote)

9. Write with less thought to who’s reading (especially Bernadette who asks me for more pictures of flowers and crap, note to self, ignore Ber!)

10. Spend less time on the internet (ok I’m logging off now, actually this is a good point to reiterate as I still haven’t logged off and am making some more changes)