This is the material that we looked at as part of our in class presentation on a video and a Photostory we had to find. We were looking at many different aspects, including how a narrative was developed and what techniques were used to do this within both video and photos. The below are the notes we made, along with the video and some of the images, as well as the power point we used to present this as part of our research for this module.
Video Occupation: Artist Spencer Wardwell
-Video about artist, narrated by subject
-Launches straight into the subject rather than starting with the typical ‘my name is’ which is irrelevant for this.
-Saves time – only 1.32, starts off quite fast paced
-Instrumental music in the background – creates a rhythm and fits the vibrant, energetic theme.
-Pauses in speech are timed well to include other sounds or important things we need to hear.
-other distracting sounds and background noise have also been eliminated.
-Very smooth. chronological order,
-Starts with spraying a background, then adding more detail to his work and ends hanging up his final pieces of work. – creates a story
-He uses interesting angles and techniques such as panning, zooming and focus rolling. Creates a professional impression on the video.
How does the video develop narrative?
– Smooth chronological order, starting with him spraying a background, which then moves onto him adding more detail to his work and then finally ends with him hanging up his final pieces of work. – creates a story
– Narrated the whole way through by the subject, acting as a guide for the action taking place.
– Launches straight into the subject rather than starting with the typical ‘my name is’ which is irrelevant for this. It also saves us time as it’s only a short 1min 32 sec video so we can understand the real story quickly.
– Instrumental music in the background which creates a rhythm to the video and it is quite artsy so further enhances the artist narrative. Pauses within the speech within the video are timed well to accommodate other sounds or important things we need to hear. All other distracting sounds have also been eliminated.
– He uses interesting angles and techniques such as panning, zooming and focus rolling. Creates a professional impression on the video.
Dealing With the Dead, the Troajan of Tana Toraja by Nat Wilkins
- Photostory called dealing with the dead
- About funeral celebrations
- Centred upon a devoutly Christian tribe in Indonesia
- Photostory describes the rituals in which they celebrate the life of a loved one
- Wealth plays a big contributing factor as to how the ceremony progresses
- They practise things such as animal slaughter, sometimes killing up to 30 buffalo in one time, burying their dead children in growing trees and hand chiselling the graves
- Through performing these rituals it is meant to ensure comfortable passage to the ‘land of souls’ of the ancient religion
- How does it develop narrative?
-A narrative has been developed through showing different moments of significance throughout the day, as well as different ages and genders and how each plays a role within this ceremony. The narrative is further developed as the photographer has managed to place themselves well within the community and photograph the event well, as though they are actually a part of the proceedings. The ceremony and day, despite being a funeral, seems to be quite a happy time and we don’t really see people crying or being upset. It seems to be portraying a celebration of life.
-The narrative is developed as we go through the series through the use of different angles. It’s bright and colourful with different focal angles which highlight it’s a different country due to the lighting and also the tribal colours and highlighted because of this. Cultural representations.
- -Not necessarily chronological, but we can assume all the images we taken around the same time from different angles/viewpoints etc. Gets right into action All the images are individual, no two look completely the same – wide range of locations? Vast number of images.
-Tribal in a modern day world.
-Combination of group shots as well as close ups
-Ethical? Would people mind this body of work or find it offensive (animal slaughter and baby graves)– censoring? This was something we wanted to bring up as ethical considerations are down to the photographer themselves, and what they are comfortable doing and publishing to a wider audience. Ethically is it right to document and photograph this slaughter? But at the same time, if you were watching this ritual (and it is a massive part of the event) would you just stand by and not take the shot because of your ethics? Does it later come down to whether you would publish the material? How would it be viewed by someone who wasn’t in the same circumstances the photographer was? It all comes down to personal ethics and what we think is right, but we thought it important to highlight this.