Long exposure pinhole photo

A pinhole camera was left in the photo lab office for 3-5 days. This is the resulting image.

I’ve been thinking a lot about long exposure, pinhole, making a scanner camera: so many ways to distort imagery in-camera for awhile. I’m currently working on a project distoring imagery in photoshop and last semester I did some work with glitch (which I’ve done for personal projects before, too) and there’s this….pull for me with distortion, both digital and analogue, both aesthetically and as a way to communicate, so this photo really appealed to me. It’s a timelapse composited into one image – light writing at it’s very core. I’m sort of inclined to break out my pinhole and set it up again.

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Proposal : Final Project : Photography

This project will attempt to explore language, words, and images that we see every day around us but don’t notice. After much consideration, it is likely that this project will be about how we connect (or fail to connect) to each other in an ever-increasing urban world by documenting the words and images that people just can not keep inside of themselves and feel a strong urge to expunge into the world around them, primarily through various forms of non-traditional graffiti. This is not so much looking at the art of graffiti, but rather the way people communicate through writing and art in unexpected places – walls, bathroom stalls, stickers in public places, and similar means. It may also include other forms of communication – letters, shopping lists, personal and private memos, notes people write to themselves. The idea is not 100% fleshed out yet, but this is the direction that it has taken after a lot of twists and turns of process.

 

The art is being presented in a small format book, an intensely personal and private viewing experience that will cause the viewer to have to sit with the words and letters and experience them individually and consider the person who wrote the words or drew the pictures or stuck up the stickers they are seeing and perhaps the personal motivations behind those actions. This is a continuation into an exploration of thought that I have been having about the way we communicate (or don’t communicate) in our modern society and how we connect (or don’t connect) with other people.

 

The book I am using has 84 pages front and back, including the front and back buffer pages. It isn’t likely that I’m going to make 84 prints or that 84 prints would even be reasonable for a person to sit with for that long. Subtracting the front and back buffer pages, we have 80 pages, which is still too many and will likely leave the book far too bulky to even be attractive. What this means is that some of the pages will be glued together in some fashion. I am still researching adhesives that will be most appropriate for this venture. Hopefully I already have something that will be good to use. 80 divided by 2 is still 40 pages, which is still an extraordinary number of prints; by 3, it’s not an even number: 26.7 (rounded), divided by 4, we get 20: a much more reasonable number. It’s probable that I’ll be shooting for around 20 prints. Once I get there, I’ll be putting the little prints into the book to see how much it warps the book out and how it looks before I start any gluing or anything.

 

 

Materials Needed: (other than film, camera, and tripod obviously)

  • Repurposed pre-printed book (size of pages is approximately 4¼ ” x 2 ½”, with the cover being slightly larger) (already acquired)
  • Various types of paper for experimental printing (already acquired)
  • Adhesive for attaching prints to book pages (need to research appropriate adhesives)

Transformation: Infographic to Website

So the goal here is to turn my finished infographic into a website with 3-4 internal functional links, external links to information, etc. It needs to be created in photoshop, migrated to dreamweaver and be based on a grid system. Architectural system is due Wednesday.

I’m doing research here based on other people’s well-designed websites for inspiration.


Pound and Grain
(Found here: 25 well designed websites)



(found here:
41 colorful & well designed websites)


lost world’s fairs
(found here: 41 colorful & well designed websites)

More forthcoming.

Drunk Driving (How can the dismal statistics be improved?)

An Infographic for Design Media, 2013

Drunk Driving Infographic

I’ve been working on this for weeks, but I finally needed to start getting stuff organized since I have so much information spread out all over the place and I’m going to need to be citing sources, etc.

I started my research with a basic question: “How can deaths from drunk driving be prevented?”

Fortunately, a research topic on this had already been done by the CDC and I was able to pull their fact sheet here which detailed a lot of what I was going to need for my infographic. They also cite all of their sources, so instead of citing them I’ll be citing their original sources, since that’s more reliable.

I’ve worked with a couple of layouts and I don’t know if I want to use table charts or pie charts. people seem to be able to pull more information more quickly from pie charts so I’ll probably go with that. I have my grid structure set up and a few ideas for different color palettes but I’ve been playing with them and I’m still not decided between these three:



infracolor



ice world



mirrors

The first is the most dramatic, but I’m leaning more toward the last one. It’s subdued and kind and it’s a sensitive subject and I don’t want people to be driven away by the colors. I want them to feel affected and empowered but also sobered (no pun intended) and blue is a calming color but also tends to invoke sadness sometimes. The yellow blends in as a nice background color avoiding white and doesn’t clash with the blue and will also provide subtle highlights. I might bring in another color for emphasis from one of the other two palettes if I settle on the third one. I’m not sure yet.

I found a great quote, even though it’s probably out of context, it’s still witty and adds some levity to a grave situation:

  • >>”I never worry about being driven to drink, I only worry about being driven home” – W.C. Fields

I have a lot of information here and a lot of little pictograms to organize and I need to get back to work, I just wanted to start cataloging sources.

I really want to make a pie chart comparing some things but I’m having a hard time coming up with related statistics that could go well in a pie chart so if anyone has anything (Please include a source for the statistic) that’s from 2010 or more recent, please leave a comment so I can include it. I want a big pie chart in the middle of the graphic and I have the perfect place for it. Thanks for reading!

>>>”Sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes
>>>>A systematic review conducted by CDC researchers on behalf of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services concluded that sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints are traffic stops where law enforcement officers systematically select drivers to assess their level of alcohol impairment. The goal of sobriety checkpoints is to deter alcohol-impaired driving by increasing drivers’ perceived risk of arrest. Results indicated that sobriety checkpoints consistently reduced alcohol-related crashes, typically by about 20 percent. The results were similar regardless of how the checkpoints were conducted, for short-term “blitzes,” or when checkpoints were used continuously for several years. This suggests that the effectiveness of checkpoints does not diminish over time.

Related Articles
Guide to Community Preventive Services. Reducing alcohol-impaired driving: sobriety checkpoints. [cited 2009 Nov 3]. Available at URL: http://www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi/AID/sobrietyckpts.html
Elder RW, Shults RA, Sleet DA, Nichols JL, Zaza S, Thompson RS. Effectiveness of sobriety checkpoints for reducing alcohol-involved crashes. Traffic Injury Prevention 2002;3:266-74.

vital signs with images

Madd.org statistics

Wanderlust

The next assignment in photography has not been well defined yet, but it starts with a walk and a reading from Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnt.

Here are some quotes from the book that particularly stood out in the short portion that was read aloud to us during class for inspiration.

  • “Where does it start? Muscles tense. One leg a pillar, holding the body upright between the earth and sky. The other a pendulum, swinging from behind. Heel touches down. The whole weight of the body rolls forward onto the ball of the foot. The big toe pushes off, and the delicately balanced weight of the body shifts again. The legs reverse position. It starts with a step and then another step and then another that add up like taps on a drum to a rhythm, the rhythm of walking. The most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world, this walking that wanders so readily into religion, philosophy, landscape, urban policy, anatomy, allegory, and heartbreak.
  • “Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking. Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes a delicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. Is is a bodily labor that produces nothing but thoughts, experiences, arrivals.”
  • “To make walking into an investigation, a ritual, a meditation, is a special subset of walking . . . Which is to say that the subject of walking is, in some sense, about how we invest universal acts with particular meanings. Like eating or breathing, it can be invested with wildly different cultural meanings, from the erotic to the spiritual, from the revolutionary to the artistic.”
  • “The rhythm of walking generates a kind of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.”

Interesting sites of note about mindful walking include:

I haven’t yet taken my walk – I don’t know if I’ll record anything personal about it. I’m debating between taking my camera and/or my phone and/or a voice recorder to record my thoughts while I walk.

Years ago I used to walk to clear my head. I think better when I’m in motion. I used to carry an old bulky tape recorder with me and transcribe the thoughts when I got back. I walked best late at night in the winter in a small rural town where I knew all the paths. I didn’t think about where I was going – just let my feet take me there and let my mind go where it wanted. I’m a little excited about getting back into this and being more aware of the things I see this time around.

One of the things I love about photography is taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary and I think that may be a lot of what this assignment ends up being about.

Jack and Jill went up the hill and broke his crown

This is the final version that was turned in, mounted on black board. There are some changes that need to be made, primarily that the bottom of the hill needs to be stretched down into the foreground and cropped so it’s not just floating above the bottom of the square. Some text needs to be moved around and the instructor would like more depth. I got a B but I can make changes to bump it up to an A. I’ll get around to that eventually.

Hold your breath and count to ten…

This blog will be used for two purposes for the next fifteen weeks: proposals, research, information, and my own personal work from my photography 2 class and the same sort of information for my CDES Design Media class. New layout since I found the Pentax layout (vintage camera) in the layouts section. It honestly looks much cleaner and visually appealing than the last one. As always, no idea how much use this blog will actually see over the course of the next semester.

Other places I post:

  • Photo-Sylladex @ Tumblr: For research for photography and images for my inspiration journal.
  • Kunstinspiration @ Tumblr: For things that inspire me to create, references, tutorials, things that strike me.
  • Fotografierentaken @ Tumblr: The place where I post my own photography.
  • 14112 @ tumblr (tagged: art): My non-photographic art. It doesn’t have it’s own blog, it’s just on my main blog with all my fandom and other things. I don’t use that blog very much lately, primarily because I just don’t have a lot of free time. I also don’t really work on a lot of non-photographic art right now, but that is likely to change in the next 15 weeks with my Design Media class.
  • If, for some reason, writing is your thing, I do fandom works at AO3 but I haven’t really been doing much writing.

If there’s anything else you’re looking to know about me, go click that tagged art tumblr link and there’s a sidebar there that links to almost anywhere you can find me online.

Let’s see how much this gets used this semester. woo.

Hello world!

This isn’t my first online presence. Neither is it my first online presence in the art world, whether it be traditional or digital art, photography, writing, poetry or lyric-writing.

It is my first online presence that has been mandatory for a class.

I could go about this two ways:

1) I could do the bare minimum and people could come by or stumble onto this blog and go “Oh, look, a student had to make a blog for class. Boring.”

2) I could actually enjoy this, keep it like I would any other blog for the topic, and enrich my understanding of this class and maybe make a kind of cool online presence as a sort of experiment for myself.

Will I keep using this blog after the class is over? Who knows. I have a pretty notorious habit of creating social networking sites (blogs, tumblr, twitter) and getting sidetracked by a new social networking site or just getting overwhelmed by life in general and abandoning them.

This is an introductory post, but it’s also a test post. I’ll be trying out some new themes, seeing how I like the look of things — the visual presentation of a blog is always half the fun for me. Often, I’ll spend hours customizing a blog, website or profile only to never use the thing I made. That’s not going to happen here – at least the bare minimum will be here.

So if you stumble across this, stick around and see what happens between now and December. And if you’re a classmate of mine, I’ll see you in class. It’s nice to (digitally) meet you.

So, a little about me, since we’re meeting for the first time. I’m Troy. I’m a fine arts major with a concentration in photography, formerly a computer science major. I’m taking a 3D design class this semester, as well as an art history class alongside the introduction to digital design class that I’m keeping this blog for. There may be a drawing class in my future. We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks if I’m keeping it or not. I’m a videogame junkie – they pretty much eat up all of my spare time. I think my favorite videogame experience has been the Assassin’s Creed series. I’m really looking forward to Revelations coming out in November. I’m a writer who doesn’t write much anymore and a photographer who doesn’t take enough pictures. Somehow I lose hours on tumblr pretty regularly.

On the more personal side, I struggle with depression and panic disorder. A lot of who I am as a person revolves around that, and a lot of who I am as an artist is defined by my experiences, struggles, triumphs and failures.

I’m learning to become an artist and a person and I hope it’s a process that continues for the rest of my life, growing and changing and becoming more comfortable in my own skin as I carve out my own place in the world.