Archive for October, 2011

Mike Lusmore on: Photofilms, Transmedia and Transformative Storytelling

October 27, 2011

I found this lecture really interesting from Mike Lusmore and I found that his lecture will help in my work because I have always had a problem telling a story correctly of a person in photographs, sometime I find that I will be doing something right in capturing the subject and then I just wheel off the tracks but Mikes talk I feel has helped and it also inspired myself to do more audio clips and photographs to tell storys.

Mike is photographer, producer he tells photos with storys and media. Starting his work at a national press agency six years ago and then worked himself up to work for the national press itself in London. He created his very first photo film in 2008, and is now working for duckrabbit.

What are the tools, what are the new concepts and how can we embrace them to further our work:

multimedia, photofilms, transformative storytelling, transmedia

They can all be used together to enhance your work, using these new tools and concepts in your work will get them more noticied.

Multi media:

Photographs, videos, audio, text, interactive, online games, animation, it can be anyone of these things and more to make one multi media.

Photofilms are a piece of photographic work that has an audio or a video combined together, this has given photographers a name in which they can use for this kind of work. You want to produce something that is interesting and something that your audience will want to watch.

There are three key elements to photo films and multi media, theres story telling and that is:

Photographs, audio, story (the three things you need)

Photo films tell a complex story in a simple way and what that means is that the multi layering of the information can help you grasp a large body of information really quickly

This is a good example by Mike Lusmore and Rebecca Harley, this is a 3 minute video, it is short but it keeps yourself the viewer engage and you know what is going on.

Getting the subject to speak to you using audio your piece then becomes intimate

Working with audio informs your photography and your voice verser

What is transformative story telling:

something that tells a story, it can be fact, fiction or truth.

The content is mashed to create your story or someones story.

A piece of transformative story telling:

Geert van Kesteran’s Why Mister, Why?/Baghdad’s Calling work

He is a photographer that had a story but he could not show the story, to show the story he used other peoples images from mobile phones, he also brought together audio and text and so this becomes a transformative story, using the lots of different media he was able to tell the story.


A platform in which we can use our multimedia, to go and create a project.

Bottoming out, this is a platform on gambeling addiction,  takes an informative look on gambeling addiction in Las Vegas.  This video shows tonys own transformative story of his life and the gambeling addiction that he lives.

Jonathon McIntosh, transformative storytelling – Buffy vs Edward

In this re-imagined narrative, Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s an example of transformative storytelling serving as a pro-feminist visual critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior. Seen through Buffy’s eyes, some of the more sexist gender roles and patriarchal Hollywood themes embedded in the Twilight saga are exposed – in hilarious ways. Ultimately this remix is about more than a decisive showdown between the slayer and the sparkly vampire. It also doubles as a metaphor for the ongoing battle between two opposing visions of gender roles in the 21ist century.

Jonathon McIntosh takes clips from two different series of two completly different programme and film but they both have a similarity as they are both about vampires. It is amazing how Jonathon has put these clips together so well and he has created his own tranformative story from using these resourses. The way in which he has put the sounds and the clips go so well together.


Phonar# : Creative Task MK:II

October 20, 2011

While not a full task in itself, this week we ask you to reflect on and edit-up your magazine spread. It is worth listening to Jon Levy speak about this task before you embark on this second stage, he can be heard here.

For next week you should reflect on your own selection bearing Jon’s words in mind and then ‘edit-up’ by adding in some of your own images to make a second set. Your images should be the threads that gather the initial collection into a new story, fact or fictional.

(These can be existing images, or you can create new images for this task)

These are the photographs that I have selected, I have I have used a mix of different styles of photographs. I would like to use the sort of style of layout that I have used in the creative task mk I, using the same font and the same style for the layout of the photographs.

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#Phonar Creative Task MK:I

October 17, 2011

Garner a portfolio of 8-10 images from different photographers whose work inspires you. Choose carefully, as though your edit was going to appear as a spread in a printed magazine, you may choose to lay them out as such if you wish, with attention to scale, pace and flow etc.

The portfolio must directly address a theme of your choosing – it could be a personal theme or a topical one, the choice is yours.

 The layout of my images are all not perfectly lined and are not all the same size. There are a mix of sizes with in the images and the placements are different to each other, this is the way that I would like to see my favourite images from the photographers. I have used a text that looks like it is from a type writer, I like the way that I have set the text out, using the full name but both of the names are not in line with each other and the surname follows on towards the end of the page on the line below. I was thinking of using text of how the images make me feel around images but I think I will have a practise doing this from the edits of the magazine spread I have done already from what I have shown below.

The chosen images have come from the two photographers Dorothea Lange and Nan Goldin.  Nan Goldin she is one of the most photographers that connects with my work, she captures this initmacy of people that only she can explain, she gets to know how they are feeling, the closeness that she has with her subjects, each one of her images show this truth of the person and who they really are and because there is such a strong connection her images really stand out. Dorothea Lange I find her images are interesting, she would have a connection with her subjects, documenting the effects that the great depression was doing to peoples live, she captured a part of history, she shows you what you remember today.  I feel that both of these photographers have a same similarity, they  both have a stong connection when photographing their subjects and they document a persons life so well, they portray a story so well in photographs, of which is strong.

Summer Task

October 16, 2011

“In preparation for this module over the Summer break you should continue to photograph every day. When editing your photographs you should title them with a single word. At the end of each week you should group the pictures into sets. You should consider each picture a word within a sentence. From this material please prepare a short photographic poem or aphorism for the first session back after the Summer break.”

I have got to say I have really enjoyed the process of putting the chosen images that I have captured over the summer together. This is something that I have never done before, making a poem out of just the one word that I have put to the photograph. The poems just did not make sense from just the one word so I have added more than one word in to the sentence to create more of a poem.

Where there is destrucution there is always spirit, that holds the beauty and naturte together.

Feelings along lines and the thoughts that are so magical from a feel, just like silk.

Pressure is not harmony, there can also be communication. The future can be something that makes you feel lone.