Help requested for experimental piece

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tonyeck, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. tonyeck macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys...

    For the most part, I am fairly unknown on these boards but I try to participate in photography discussions when I have time, but due to travelling and moving around places I have not been as active as I would like! I enjoy the photographs I see on this section of the board and love witnessing the great talent evolve from a great diversity of people.

    I am now studying in my final year degree (in graphic design) at University in the UK. My final project is fairly open based, and I have decided to be fairly experimental. Here is the brief I have wrote so far:

    While that may seem abstract, I would still love some help. I aim to collect around 300+ unique images from different networks/communities of photographers (one shot each) and evaluate my findings based on the priciples of cognitive psychology and how people interpret a certain theme visually (by means of photography). I aim to have results published (maybe a collection in the form of a book) or online or even in a gallery depening on my luck.

    The theme is yet to be decided, but imagine if I asked every photographer I knew to step outside of their door at the same time on the same day (from around the world of course) and take a picture of whats going on. That collection would show the diversity of the world in a certain world...

    So I am wondering... Would any of you guys/gals be interested in participating? There are no hidden worries or anything, its just a fun project I want to create. :) Think of it as a themed, photo of the day, kind of thing!

    Let me know, or any feedback, or anything really
     
  2. maxi macrumors regular

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    What you posted reminded me of a very cool project that has been going on for over 20 years called "a day in the life". The premise is that a ******** of photographers disembark on a certain country and then take pictures over the course of the day. They have a lot of the books edited, I have the one in China and it's amazing looking at pictures taken all the same day at different points of a country really shows you the diversity of the world. Here's the page of the project: http://www.ditlafrica.com/about_us/past_projects.html

    As for your idea, I think it's really cool and i'm up for it if it's a reasonable hour. Would you try and take all the pics at the same time or at the same hour (taking time differences into account) ???
     
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    On Nikon Cafe we have a weekly "cooperative shoot," which started out very much this way, where we all were to shoot something at a given time and date, taking into consideration our own individual time zones and such. Pretty neat stuff!
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Thinking in terms of graphic design rather then photography, I think it would be neat to take thje photos at the exact same instant. Some would be takene at local midnight others at loacl noon then arainge the images by geographic location and yu woud have a pictures of how light (sunlight, moonlight, electric light) covers the Earth

    Project the images on a sphere and put it inside a quicktime VR and then the viewer could interact with the sphere, rotate or zoom in.
     
  6. cookie1105 macrumors 6502

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    I think it is a really good idea Tony and I would really like to help out a fellow student with a photography/design related project. Just say when.
     
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  8. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the feedback! I checked out that link and I am going to try and pick up some of those books, they seem real fascinating. Thanks

    I'll let you know about the time. Are you in Argentina?

    :)! Where abouts are you situated? Thanks

    Cool! I'd love it if you sent me some links maybe?!
     
  9. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Seems like we are on the same page... Love the projection idea. Fantastic... I am going to investigate that

    :)! Awesome! I'll let you know



    Thanks! :) Where are you situated?
     
  10. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also, would you guys mind spreading the word? I am trying to get as many people as possible to take part!
     
  11. Lau Guest

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    Sounds like a great idea, and I'd love to help. :)
     
  12. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What you need to do is make an e-mail list or a google group or a forum for people who are going to contribute. You will need one central place to comunicate. Send me a PM and I'll sed you an email address. You can add my email to your list
     
  13. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was in the process of doing such a thing. I'll let you know when it is ready :)

    Thanks for the suggestion though
     
  14. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    I'd love to participate in your project... just let me know I can do that..
    All the best - phil

    pdxflint at yahoo dot com
     
  15. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

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    That sounds like a great project! I'd love to join in =)
     
  16. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Excellent! Thanks so much for all your help (+pm's)

    I am still trying to get as many people involved as possible, so please spread the word
     
  17. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just as an FYI, I have changed my brief slightly, and would appreciate you taking the time to read and see if there is any insanity there...


    Thanks, and let me know if this makes sense
     
  18. VictorM Guest

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    You pose a number of questions - are some of them rhetorical or do you intend to answer them all? assuming it's all, I have some more specific comments:

    how will you establish if a response is "appropriate"? appropriate with respect to what?

    In order to determine "obvious symbolic meaning", I presume, you are going to compare against some archetypes (you mentioned cognitive psychology in your first post)? Some will debate the "obviousness" of symbols and the validity of different archetypal systems.

    How will you determine whether reactions have changed from studying the photographs? will you have different control groups (one where you don't mention exclusive rights, versus another where you do)?
     
  19. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You raise some good points, and ones I feel I have neglected to mention here, yet I have these ideas down, but didn't post them. My bad....

    I will answer your questions in a little while, just a little busy right now

    Thanks for the feedback though!
     
  20. BudhaNl macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to help out as well, pm me for email-addy. In the Netherlands, btw.
     
  21. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    :)


    I was refering to how photojounalists/editors make the decisions based on images they take/get after a certain event. For example, after the bombings in London, was the appropriate response to show teror or survival.

    Thats part of my project, its very research based, including looking into perception as a whole, and like you say, its validity against stereotypes

    This is where I should have provided more info, and I appreciate bringing this up as it was not clear. I will conduct a number of experiments, physical and online, (tangible items will change people's perceptions easily) based around people's reactions, people's interpritations, and how they can be manipulated by others. It's based alot on theories of visual culture too

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you, its been a hectic few weeks.

    Thanks for the feedback
     
  22. tonyeck thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also, I forgot to add, please spread the word... I want this to be huge

    Thanks to everyone so far... I have set up a place to discuss this, and will give you all the link shortly

    Thanks
     

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