Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Bernadette in Cork on Skype

I injured my ankle at footie training this afternoon and was too sore to go out around the streets looking for a portrait subject. However not wanting to miss a day of the project and with the aid of modern technology there is more than one way to skin a cat so to speak (sometimes I really wonder who made up that phrase and were they really looking for different ways to actually skin a cat?!).

I got my sister on skype and took an image off a realtime video. I suppose its a bit of a photographic collaboration as Ber positioned her webcam and then I took the picture. Well thats modern technology for you, the boundaries between what constitutes anything these days are being blurred. And while its not the first picture (or screen grab) I took off skype, it’s the first I took with the specific aim of taking a portrait of someone. Good to know that there are other options out there, and obviously nothing to do with the fact that I can stay in bed and complete my project but I feel a skype portrait session coming on!



Day 243 – Notebook

I wonder how much it will change our lives when the day comes when we go to conferences with iPad or Blackbooks instead of notepads and paper? Will it even happen in our lifetime? Technology helping us access, view and record quicker than ever. Organisation on drugs. When we can tag everything and anything and arrange life in nice neat boxes or folders. It doesn’t work that way does it? Technology, and especially information technology, gives us an illusion that we can put everything in a category with a dictionary definition. But some of the best things in life come without explanation or understanding and probably are better because they can’t be defined.

Having said that I need to log off and start tagging my backlog of untagged photos!

Quote of the day from Alanis Morrisette

“A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meetin’ the man of my dreams
And then meetin’ his beautiful wife, umm
And isn’t it ironic
Don’t you think?”

Day 231 – Mrs Macquarie’s Point

Whilst procrastinating about my college assignment today I went to the NSW Art Gallery for some inspiration and ended up thinking about what Sydney must’ve been like in the 1800s. I sat watching the people out for Sunday strolls at Mrs Macquarie’s Point and thought most things haven’t changed much at all. I’m sure the thoughts and conversations are about fundamentally similar things, love, life and death. And the world revolving around an iconic harbour.

People contemplate life…

and love…

and everything in between.


and stopping to rest.

Of course technology has changed and it has changed our way of living so that we feel more different compared to our ancestors than we probably are. We drive modern boats and trains and buses and cars but essentially they are still only modes of transport just like horses and bikes. We use mobile phones but they are merely methods of communication like letters and gossip. We have digital cameras that record moments just like the important ones that are permanently imprinted in our brains.

But for some reason the biggest difference I thought was jogging. The vast majority of people occupying Mrs Macquarie’s Point today were joggers. There wasn’t very many pictures in the Art Gallery of people exercising in older times and for that reason I just can’t picture the folks of 1847 or similar years pounding the pavement to shed a few pounds in order to fit into a Victorian corset. Then again I could be wrong!

Day 201 – The Modern Way

I watched a few minutes of ‘The Ellen Show’ a little while ago that featured Sharon Osbourne. Sharon was talking about how her daughter set her up on twitter while she was on holidays but that she doesn’t like to use it. I think her exact comments were something along the lines of I’m not narcisstic enough to be twittering ‘I’m now at the theatre’ blah, blah, blah. Does she miss the point of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook? I think so. I also think it was quite an ironic quote from someone who has become famous through the reality tv show about her family.

Anyway I love twitter and facebook. Whether you like it or not it’s how people are communicating today. It’s fascinating reading other people’s comments back and forth to each other (even if its a little stalker-ish!), sometimes when people are not quite being themselves you can get a different insight into their personalities with how they are in public communication with other people or with the profile or even profile picture they choose to post. Twitter is quite a revelation into celebrity personalities, even though I don’t really have any favourite celebs that I’m interested enough in stalking right now! If anything it makes them seem a bit more human. Is that what Sharon Osbourne is afraid of?!

Modern technology is a funny thing in terms of communication. It’s mind boggling, rapidly evolving and a little bit scary but it’s always interesting and sometimes not even relevant.

In the words of Adam Levine: Twitter is the most vain, narcissistic, and downright egotistical invention since the mirror. In otherwords, it is AWESOME”

In the words of Jimmy Carter:  Globalisation, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world

Project 365 – 9th August 2010

Posted: August 9, 2010 in Project 365

Day 190 – Mac The Knife

Technology and its advancement eh, what can you say, can’t live with it, can’t live without it. That is all.

Day 21 – Farewell

Well today was a day for saying goodbye, to Bendalong and to my friend Yvonne who is heading to London.

As an Irish person in Australia I’ve encountered my fair share of goodbye parties, especially being involved with an Irish football team, it seems like someone arrives and/or leaves every 5 minutes! Then there are the people you know that are still within the geographical confines of regular rendezvous but who have settled in their own niche and environment. I guess it can be a mixture of circumstance and the randomness of life but you don’t always socialise or meet up with the people who once were a big part of your life, no matter how strong the friendship was.

Yvonne, however, was one of the only people that I knew since I first landed in Australia that I continued to meet on a regular basis. I guess that link being severed reminds me of the transient nature we pass through each other’s lives. Obviously with modern technology you can keep in contact, whether by phone/facebook, skype/email with those who matter enough to always be a part of our lives. But the changing nature of those we see every day can be a fascinating study, we change and they change and life still moves on.

Having said that I’m sure its not the same for everyone and certain people can end up living in the same place, being with the same partners or working in the same job with the same workmates for years. I guess it’s called settling down! But even with settling down the people around you can change dramatically too. For me I’m not quite there yet but I do love the randomness and excitement of meeting new people and new people being in my life, it’s just that the flip side is having those you like leave.

Anyway Yvonne we will miss you, hope life finds you well back in the Northern Hemisphere!

Day 7 – Ghost town

What a lovely Sunday, no stress, no hangover, no cold or flu, and for a while, as I walked down to Newtown Library, no rain! I walked a new route round to the library and came across this old style building. I must admit I’m endlessly fascinated by old stuff and what it would’ve been like to live in different eras. The building to the left and the trees growing beside it just gave this street quite a different feel compared to the others in the vicinity and I said I’d take a picture of it for the blog. I then made some ghost people partially to add to the feel, and partially for legal purposes so they wouldn’t be instantly recognisable and sue! 

It does get you thinking, alright, about the changing eras and whether, in the grand scheme of things, we are changing fast or slow, or even for the better or worse. I guess a lot of us have lived through a time where we still remember life without mobile phones (vaguely!), computers and broadband internet. Whether those will, in time, turn out to be a major lifestyle change for the human race or a blip in the age of technological advancement remains to be seen. I guess that depends on what’s still to come!

As for the ghosty couple I’m kinda freaking myself out a bit here especially as I’ve only noticed the number-plate of the car to the right after I took the picture! Maybe it’s a haunted house, were those people really there?!

Ok I’m done rambling for now, but I am delighted I finished today’s entry fairly early so I can chill out for the remainder of this Sunday and watch dvds and listen to the rain outside and enjoy it like the day of rest it’s meant to be!