Monday, 18 February 2008
I have been thinking a lot about how to find visually interesting situations that could show intimate moments in any kind of human relationship. It seemed quite easy at the beginning of this process to capture images that could tell a story in a simple way about how people interact with each others. So I started planning assignment 2 and carefully approached strangers dealing with private matters, but it proved harder that I thought. Getting access to private situations it is always easier if you know already someone inside, so I tried bride and groom at a friend´s wedding and dogs and workers at the dog house just around the corner of my place in Battersea, but I could not take any decent photo carrying a clear message about human relationships.
The first option that came straight into my mind was to take a series of simple portraits of some pensioners at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. People full of stories to talk about with visitors interested in them or at least willing to hear them. Impressive buildings and ironed uniforms and shiny medals all over the place, but difficult to catch any obvious emotional or psichological content in depth. I suppose it is about how they relate to each other, or rather how they cope with each other or even how they try to avoid each other, in the last years of their lives with very little contact to the world around them.
For the second option I spent the whole morning in a clasroom to see how shy adults students behave in front of a colourful old teacher and how a professional deals with the people he has to work with.
Finally the third option was about the way a traditional English mother lives in a secure family environment with her son and daughter on a Sunday afternoon. As a principle it is exhausting and not particulary easy to work with young kids, but there is always a potential reward because they constantly show their changing emotions.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
According to "A New Kind of Foreign Coverage", an article written by Graham Holliday for the online magazine "From the Front line", there is a resurgence for overseas reporting. Some news agencies and telecommunication companies are experimenting with mobile multimedia equipment to fight closures of expensive foreign bureaux and to boost plans for expansion. Around ten correspondents are currently using phone, microphone, keyboard and camera to file directly to the Reuters blogging platform. The goal is simply to enable journalists to capture multimedia material and send it fast to the company website. I suppose the increase of foreign news coverage by bloggers based on wireless internet connection is good news for the students of this course. It is yet another confirmation of the real possibility and great value of learning the way we do it at LCC.
The BBC are also experimenting with the new technology available at a cost that makes it economically viable. Software like Shozu.com allows you to automatically publish photos to a blog and Qik.com allows anyone with a camera-phone to stream video live to the internet. It seems like there are plenty of skilled users of software out there and we should be able to explore all the advantages and benefits, but as Neil Mclntosh says on his blog completeosh.com, none of this change the craft of journalism, just the delivery method.