Photography. Especially with story telling, it’s a confusing subject cause there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do photography. There are definitely good and bad photographs, but the WAY to do things isn’t wrong. In our readings about photography, we had to write down our thoughts about them. One thing that stood out to me from the readings was the story behind the Great Depression picture. It’s weird to think about what would’ve happened if she never took the picture…
The next step was to watch Noir films and capture the elements of Noir we spotted in them. I watched Killers Kiss and Chinatown. I immensely enjoyed Chinatown, and plan to watch it again sometime.
The photo safari was a good outlet of creativity (I called my photo safari Safari murder). I turned my picture series into a story, capturing the odd angles, stark contrast, and tense moments in Noir. I even had a Noir cat…
The three Daily Creates I chose to do were Giraffe addiction, COFFEE!!, and droodle. When I say Giraffe addiction, I mean it became an ADDICTION. I literally couldn’t stop playing (my high score was somewhere over 6,000)
I started this weeks Visual Assignments with something fun called Bae… I think… well I had fun finding celebrity couples and settled on John Lennon and his Asian girlfriend. I can never remember her name. I chose to challenge myself this week and do a panoramic picture to make an etherial world. I called mine Delilah in Wonderworld, and dedicated it to my character Delilah. The other one I made for Delilah was called Delilah’s Messengerbag. I emptied my bag and took a picture. The stories I told behind the items were a combination of true stories and embellished stories (but mostly true). for my final one, I went back to the basics and made That’s Sketch…. In total I think I have 11 stars if I did my math right
But overall, I’d say this was a pretty laid back week. Looking more into photography is very interesting and very useful for digital storytelling.
This week started out with MLK DAY! (or as I like to call it, milk day). I looked over what we needed to read and thought “Man. Maybe this is a typo and they meant week 2 AND 3″. Once I started though, I fell into the trap. It was actually becoming ENJOYABLE.
Like the daily creates. I enjoy those and am finding myself looking forward to them. The reading was LONG, but once I would start a story, I wouldn’t put it down. My favorite story was the Wild Party, just because the author managed to do the WHOLE thing in poem form. From that came one of my weekly assignments I called My Wild Party. I enjoyed that assignment so I decided to try it again, creating “Don’t drop the soap… and other shower horrors.” based off of Psycho, the Alfred Hitchcock movie. The one I picked to dedicate to my character, Delilah Valentine, was a visual assignment where I had to make a collage telling a story. And the last of my visual assignments I did for kicks and giggles was called RUN FORREST RUN!! The readings, as I stated before, were long. But I came out of it feeling cultured, and I’m beginning to recognize different Noir undertones in movies today. You can get my full and detailed opinion here.
As for participation, I will admit, posting on someone else’s blog for the first time felt intimidating (and honestly, slightly intrusive), but I finally did, and it wasn’t that bad. In fact, now that I’ve been posting to the different social media sites, I find that more people are posting on my stuff, leaving encouragement and constructive criticize.
So. I approached this class with fear and trepidation (I’m not tech savvy, see), and the fact that ds106 is completely online also seemed a little ironic (doing DIGITAL studies… ONLINE….. okay never mind). But with careful instructions and time to adequately stress and bemoan my life, I accomplished all of said tasks. Creating my domain and registering it went smoothly, along with installing wordpress. I also had to set up twitter, flikr, vimeo, and soundcloud accounts, cause up until now I’ve lived a life ignorant of social media outside of Facebook and Pinterest. It turn out, I actually think I can enjoy those sights I wrote off before, although my favorite by far is Flikr :). Then frustration set in. Even thought INSTALLING wordpress went good, figuring it out was, and still is frustrating. My frustration came from not knowing the right link to click on, where to paste the URL, etc. and being scared that if I did click on the wrong thing or paste in the wrong place, I’d ruin whatever I’ve been working on. This place still intimidates me (told you I’m not tech savvy). When collecting from my various social media sites, I found tons of memories surrounding what I was posting. I really am putting myself out on the internet for people to find, judge, and potentially use (although the chance of that happening to me is 0.01%). I really enjoyed exploring the culture of noir (it still sounds like a perfume brand though). I didn’t realize how many movies have noir film undertones, and how we embraced it as a culture, And I’ve found a new appreciation for those of you who make it a habit of indulging yourselves in this art form of digital media. I’m looking forward to stretching myself this semester and dipping my toes into some very useful knowledge!