Transformative Storytelling {concept}

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Using only found images (ie images from family albums and local library archives, not published in magazines) research and construct a photo-artefact/story that weaves a narrative linking the people depicted within.

Development : Build and include a soundscape relevant to your story. Include personal stories from the subjects depicted.

family archive
During summer I discovered a folder in my HDD where I had dumped all photographs and video (digitized tapes) my mother brought back from her trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma. I didn’t get to see these for five years. The same goes for my mother. She had visited her brother, my uncle, after a very long period. My uncle has been living there for about 15 years. It was never very easy to pop in the States for a visit, due to the distance and price. I see everything from a much different perspective since I started this course. I have considered to make a book because since we made the switch to digital we haven’t seen any printed family pictures, considering that both my parents were taking photographs on the travels with a 35mm camera.

Save the files!
At this point I should mention that only half of the photographs was in my hard drive. The other half was left in my uncle’s drive due to lack of space in the camera. My uncle send several emails with 460 files in total. In the only issue is that sending them through Picasa as emails, they were down-sized about 10 times their original size. I went through my father’s old laptop were the emails were saved and individually extracted the files from Outlook.

draw inspiration
Before I make this photo-book, I have the chance with the transformative storytelling task to create a first draft of the final piece. I have used video instead of ebook format or plain normal paper. I started by editing down the photographs. I have been through the 6 hours of tape in order to get a greater understanding of the environment my mother was for a month. She has recorded mostly the journeys from place to place. One thing I can certainly observe is the amount of time spent in cars.

make the video!
After editing, I started sequencing the photographs. I wanted to keep the initial form I had designed, but I realized that video was a broader canvas. I had much more space to cover, or leave blank. In the end I decided to put images side-by-side which either made some stand out better, or create individual small narratives within the main narrative. Since I am still experimenting with sequencing, and editing the second set of images, what you see below is not a final cut. Concerning sound, I will be pulling audio clips from the videos and perhaps add some creative commons material or record my own foley sounds to create a coherent soundscape.

photo credits: Stella Charolidou
password: tulsa


Spoken Narrative

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Record a personal story to share with the group.

You should speak your story in person and it’s telling should last approx. 2 minutes (if you prefer to record and publish in advance, that’s fine, otherwise it’s delivered live in session and stays within the closed group).

You should especially consider your choice of story/subject, your audience and your verbal delivery – in terms of your script, language, pace and intonation. No accompanying soundscape.

No pictures. Just a story.

I have decided to tell you a personal story. This story is only recent, but has taught me many things about myself.

Read! (transcript)

I love technology and any device electricity runs through, but my passion is hacking these devices, interconnect them and create new functions!

This story starts in early 2003 when my mother bought me a soldering iron. I had already discovered how R/C toy cars worked, and subjected several of them to my first experiments. I appropriated one car to a multi-colour flash light, and the rest I converted to a four-wheel drive, because two wasn’t cool enough. Most toys I fiddled with, were very simple and battery powered, which is why I can tell you this story today.
I will never forget when we moved to the new house. I secretly grabbed the packed stereo hi-fi and set it up, with my own set of speakers until I burned out the amp…

Later on I experimented with radios, video cameras and designed a miniature ski-resort with a working aerial lift! I received the first computer from my parents, which gave the chance to explore the internet! The sound of the 56kbps dial-up modem is associated with those memories.

In high-school I discovered the beauty in physics and exposed to the world of telecommunications. I decided to follow this direction in university and enrolled in Communications Engineering at Coventry University.

The first semester was great because I was very familiar with the material, I was even helping out classmates in study. Things went downwards at the end of the year. I failed most modules and I had to resit in the summer. On the second year I wasn’t excited about electronics anymore and hated programming. I was looking for a way out. Three months later I had unofficially dropped out the course.

I spent the next months exploring the infinity of the world wide web. I became member of several communities, BitTorrent networks, IRC chatrooms. I had a great time accumulating vasts amounts of information and how to find them. 5 months later I was still disappointed of my progress in the course and decided to take action.
I discussed my parents, which were very supportive of my decisions so far.

I researched courses offering photography. Coventry University was offering a course and after having a meeting with the director I went forward preparing a portfolio.

Three years ago I had the feeling I was leaving something behind. Today I am close to graduation and what I am taking with me is that photography is about links, communications and networks.

I am currently spending my time reading books on communication theory, new media art and net criticism. I am educating myself online, learn how to write code creatively and hack images and videos.


Phonar session eight

Guest Feature: Ian Macdonald by Jamie Macdonald
Guest Feature: Multi Media Director Matt Ford in conversation from Istanbul
In conversation with Pete Brook of Wired and Prison Photography.
Open forum and discussion.

Task: ‘A Post-Photographic Portrait’ or #BTF “Reflection
Preparation for next session: The Phonar Pitch

Ian Macdonald by Jamie Macdonald

aggregated lecture notes from:
Jonathan Worth
Melissa Stapleton
Ioana Bultoc
Alex Edwards
Lauren Thatcher
Melissa Santos
Kate Green

Matt Ford, Interactive Media Director at Vignette Interactive with Jonathan Worth and Alex Mason

aggregated lecture notes from:
Melissa Stapleton
Muhammad Talha
Alex Edwards
Melissa Santos


In conversation Pete Brook of Prison Photography and WIRED

This week we caught up with the writer and #phonar collaborator Pete Brook .  He shares what he learned when he took his blog “Prison Photography” on the road and  introduces us to Michelle Vignes, the French photographer who was the very first staff member of Magnum.