Digital Literacies A3 Exegesis
The images created over the process of a few weeks were intended to portray themes relating to the two ideas given beforehand. ‘Selfie vs Portrait’ and ‘Old vs New Technology’ The final products as seen below are edits of pictures previously taken by me to evoke these themes. The task at hand required multiple interpretations and edits of the works, in order to trial and error and see what works and what doesn’t when creating a visual image to express a given notion. Among these multiple edits created peer feedback was given in order to help guide the way in what works and doesn’t and give a general consensus of are you pulling off what you intended too. Giving feedback was also required so as to be able to balance out getting the feedback but it also helped to let yourself look at what you are doing and see if any advice you just gave could be applied to yourself and help you be self-critical of your own work. The works I created focus on two separate visual effects with a line of text to beg a question and make the person seeing it think on it and understand the concept I am trying to achieve. The process was all very important to learn skills in revisiting works and understanding what affects are being evoked and how to manipulate the project at hand for the desired outcome. The final images can be seen below.
‘Selfie vs Portrait’
‘Old vs New Technology’
In the ‘Selfie vs Portrait’ image I tried to use the question asked ‘I have a frame – does that make me an artwork?’ in order to provoke my main idea between what separates the boundaries between a photo and a painting and hence force the difference between a selfie and a portrait. I wanted to explore the concept of art being how one perceives it as it is subjective in nature and tried to explore it with a variety of selfie shots deciding upon an old instant camera photograph as the best choice as it adds its own artistic appeal. I chose to explore this theory because of the ambiguity between a photo and a painting my own personal intrigue into where the boundaries in a subjective topic such as art lies.
For the photo set for ‘Old vs New Technology’ I tried to create an image to display the evolution of information technology in order to show the progress of technology over time, how it has become so different and whilst becoming bigger in information, it has become smaller in size. I tried to first explore different ways to display this concept through various mash up photos of different pieces of technology but decided upon a style of imagery like the ‘evolution of man’ style posters and grasped my concept of the evolution of technology amongst that. I decided to explore this concept as it was one being learned about each week through the topics of digital literacies and brought natural interest to me as a person eager to see new and evolving technology in many ways, whilst information technology became the focus as it was the most readily accessible to the everyday person including myself.
Creative and Technical expression
To create the ‘Selfie vs Portrait’ photograph I started by experimenting with selfies with my instant camera wanting to use the natural borders of the photograph as a connecting line between that of a photograph and a painting. Using Pixlr I made numerous edits with a filter to figure out the right style I wanted until I landed on the art poster style filter. The selfie taken itself was overexposed on purpose and under this filter it accentuated the shadows giving it an artistic feel. Deciding upon the tag line to question ‘I have borders – does that make me an artwork?’ I chose a red coloured text with a running writing style font for it to pop against the image and also look as though the photo had been written on. After it was a process of cleaning the photo which I used the blur tool to hide the poor picture quality and an erase tool to get rid of some of the excess blue created by the filter.
For ‘Old vs New Technology’ I placed the photographs together and once again experimented with filters in order to see if I could evoke a better emotion with it. I added the text ‘The Evolution of Information’ in order to give it a feel like the evolution of man style posters. Taking in feedback after drafting I tried a grey-scale style filter and found it more fitting as it solved a previous distressing problem I had of the book in the second image not being visible, I chose not to use an arrow to point the direction as I found the way each image is facing naturally does this and used further feedback to change the font to a style similar to that of a type writer in order to add another layer feeling to the idea of technology being the focus of the image.
Ethical Considerations of Production
I was fortunate enough for the image of ‘Selfie vs Portrait’ to raise no ethical considerations for myself as the photo was of myself in my own home and here is no branding upon the instant camera film in order to relate it to a company. However, in using a tablet and iPhone for the ‘Old vs New Technology photo’ there could be issue with using conflicting companies branded products in the same photo especially if someone were to try and imply it meant to indicate that apple products are an evolutionary step above Microsoft products. The book itself does not cause ethical concern though as the title is obscured and the quality of the picture makes it impossible to determine the words and so no claims of distributing copyright material would be viable.
Peer feedback comments
The concepts you have are very good and the image you have is a nice base of where you want to take the concept. I agree that using a young child as your model will help with the message of a new generation growing up with something different but also have to ask where you found the child and that it was alright for them to be photographed for the assignment. It’s hard to leave many positives or negatives at this early stage but it’s looking like it’s going in the right direction.
There is definitely the sense of isolation brought on by the picture here from the visual imagery of the texts not sending in a rural area. However use of partial black seems to work better if only very little is coloured. Instead of the road and hands maybe just the green message icons to make it more distinguishable however you’ll have to test to make sure it doesn’t take away from the rural background. Bluring the rest of the picture to force the phone’s messages to be the central focus was very effective.
For the image separation anxiety the Text style and colour used are both great and eye catching however I feel like the screens the children hold as too small and not as easy to see which makes it harder to connect the text and concept you have behind the image. For image two the tag line is great and the bordering of the power cord is very strong however the blurring of the background has warped the image a little perhaps cropping the image so it shows the women from waist up would let you keep the image clear and move the border and text so they are still visible and noticeable without a lot of empty warped space in between.