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I wonder how many adverts I see a day. One day i would like to keep a tally of online and real life adverts I see on a normal day.

I feel like capitalism just squeezes you and others for money and ‘productivity’ that only means what you are worth monetarily. i feel crushing.

I would like to be more spiritual. more ‘aware’ or ‘mindful’ may come into it too. but the idea that there is a cause and effect, that what you send out to the universe you will get back.

I can’t wait or this house buying to be over – it’s a lot of stress and all the paperwork is eating at me. I want to be carefree, to enjoy time not stress and worry.

Need to incorporate more relaxing and enjoyable activities onto the day – 10 minute meditation, smoking…or similar, really enjoy and smell the coffee, interact and spend time with people.
Also plan days of chill – surfing, national trust, long times with friends.

Really connect to that inner darkness, not allow it to overtake or overwhelm me but to be conscious if and let it have a conversation and space to grow and develop.

I want to search for a new job, my ‘dream job’ but not to get too into it at the moment.

a lot on my plate – buying a home- paperwork – insurances

delete youtube, reddit. sucks power and energy and is a distraction. conflict creates hype and drama and vies for your attention. naturally we may not want to see exciting/dangerous/stimulous things but our brains are hard wired to pay attention to it. one cannot live peacefully in that state of mind. I have to give focus to the calm too and live in that moment as much as possible, and leave the drama for when drama is needed.

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3rd (Final) Proposal and Project link

Website – http://sayaf2miah.wix.com/perception

“To take pictures with the intention for them to be used, reused, consumed and projected in one’s own perspective. Feeding into a network theory narrative that is reflective of modern communications, as well as media production and consumption, we will set out a framework depicting a set a ‘base’ images, and examples from our own minds of how these can be rearranged- adding layers to its narrative and meaning. The network fundamentals continues as part of the website design is to encourage more user generated content (UGC) utilising these base images to be edited how the consumer of them sees fit, to be submitted and displayed which in turn makes them a producer also and so on with the intention that through displaying these images in a certain, more unrestricted manner, will be further advancing the qualities of ‘the network’ and will accumulate further meaning through their display as a part of a polarity of interconnected images.

To achieve this our original images may seem quite bland as they will be acting as a ‘blank’ canvass for the re-mixing and bricolage to act as the projects main focus. Our images will be sourced from the city of Bristol and will mainly concern landscapes, some recognisable to the inhabitants and also seem familiar and relatable to those outside of it too.”

Key Principles: Fragmentation, Network theory,  Lack of ownership / self authored, Open to manipulation, Set a framework, Reflection of digital age

 

 

 

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Staging the Real – (Re-enactment and the Documentary image)

Here we explore the relationship between documentary and photograph. Through an institutionalisation of our collective consciousness throughout the 20th Century, and a misguided belief that ‘the camera never lies’ We can believe photos to be evidence, there is a link between the photo and the real world, and it can be tested with multiple angles – context, shadows, timing, author. Continue reading

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M. Deuze Text

1. Active agents in process of meaning making (we become participants)
-computerisation of everyday lives and activities
also creates a more two-way discussion, with more participation comes a more democratic process. There is less of a ‘gate-keeper’ element and views can be heard with more equality.
-Rise of citizen journalism
-Hypersociability – networks enhancing the capacity of individuals.
– ‘we-media’ from collaboration and networking.

2. We adopt and modify, mediate and therefore inform consensual ways of understanding reality
-This two way discussion makes interpretation and activity which can be shaped and re-shaped.
-Less heiraccichal Continue reading

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2nd Proposals

No Logo

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Take pictures of busy streets and edit out the logos, trademarks and copywrited images. We see over X adverts a day, including logos and marketing. What if this was not the case, what would a busy area look like without branding? And What could take their place?

  1. Intentionally blank, 2. Clear cynical description (ala ‘Invention of lying’ or ‘They live’ style)

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  1. Artistic Merit/information – enriching the lives of the observing as opposed to the company

 

Mass Individualism Tracing a person with future identification. A portrait would normally shows ones physical identity, we shall hide the facial features behind an array of digital identification (bank numbers, passcodes, licence numbers, record numbers, phone numbers etc) hinting at our modern age and its assimilation with technology. Some may argue that not seeing the subject makes it impersonal, however there may well be many thing far more personal on display here, bank account numbers, chip information, criminal records, recent locations, passwords and so on which can be extremely personal. The website itself may play with the idea of how to access it’s content – the convention of using a ‘captcha’ (acronym of Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) requesting human recognition AND digital code or similar. Ideally shot in a studio to eliminate background activity and hints of personality, clothing choice could also be uniform for the same effect. Or could be in a busy scenario to oppose this.

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1st proposals

No human contact (interactions)
1.Challenge – to create a human story using technological substitutes for people. As Faceless automation and ‘self-service’ prominence rises in the modern age, is it still possible to tell a human story with limited human elements? The shots could be substituted for the human counterpart in post-production.

2. Achieve both aspects (Human and machine) in one single shot by using the human eye of the individual to either reflect it’s ‘replacement’ in real time, or to be edited in post-production.

specific shots -Oyster/Star travel cards (bus/train driver and ticket person)
-Cash Machine (bank teller)
-Chip and Pin machine (customer service person)
-Gym access (concierge)
-Hospital scanner for wrist tags/blood pressure machine (Nurse)
-Vend machine (shop owner)
-various swipe access cards (reception)
-event scanners (ticket takers)
-airport check in (check in personnel)
-Tesco self scanner/checkout (till worker/assistant)
-self service (cinema/fastfood)
-service industry

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Could also place QR codes on these machines to show the faces of whos job it has taken? And link to site.

 

Mass Individualism Tracing a person with future identification. A portrait would normally shows ones physical identity, we shall hide the facial features behind an array of digital identification (bank numbers, passcodes, licence numbers, record numbers, phone numbers etc) hinting at our modern age and its assimilation with technology. Some may argue that not seeing the subject makes it impersonal, however there may well be many thing far more personal on display here, bank account numbers, chip information, criminal records, recent locations, passwords and so on which can be extremely personal. The website itself may play with the idea of how to access it’s content – the convention of using a ‘captcha’ (acronym of Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) requesting human recognition AND digital code or similar. Ideally shot in a studio to eliminate background activity and hints of personality, clothing choice could also be uniform for the same effect.

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Dead space – Recreating photos that including someone that has suffered a loss. One may wish to recreate a scene similar to recent trends of childhood photos, but here they are not reliving their own memory / image but one of someone who has died in an effort to re-connect with them and explore / process the associated trauma (ala ‘the killing fields’ recreation in film). This could include

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Photographic memories – Personal and cultural

Think of a personal photograph, describe the memory associated with it:


This photograph depicts myself on the 30 ft wall at the Commando training centre Royal Marines aged around 6 years old. It was part of an open day my mum took me to and this images ‘jogs the memory’ of the entire day, abseiling down this wall, climbing through the tunnels on the assault course, watching the presentation on the main parade ground, even the ‘pop-up’ card promotional hat I was wearing while watching this.
But it also sparks in my memory when I went back to complete my basic training course as a Royal Marine as a young man, and when completing the obstacles for real I could recall this image and its associations. So this image can represent not just the moment of its capture, but provoke related events of that day and even events of 15 years after it was taken. Continue reading

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Artifice and Authenticity – Core text: Mitchell, W.J.

Key themes and ideas derived from the text of: Mitchell, W.J., (1994) Intention and Artifice. In: The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth In The Post-Photographic Era. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press, pp22-57.

Claims to credibility
“pictures to prove” – photograph as incontrovertible truth” US NAVY fighters shot down 2x Libyan MiG-23’s. could be manufactured for the purpose of ‘truth’ using the photographs “privileged connection to reality”

In new modern era, how can photographs be proof? And what is truth? Aristotle on truth “To say of what is that it is, or to say of what is not that is not, is the truth; but to say of what is not that is, or to say of what is that is it not is falsehood.” Continue reading

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