For my app, I want to look at collages of different places.
Another photographer I look up to is sejkko and his series of “lonely houses”. These are pictures of singular houses and buildings. They’re so simple yet rather beautiful.
“BECAUSE BEING ALONE IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING LONELY.”
Sejkko is well known for a series of lonely houses in which he has explored emotions and topics of universal appeal, the connection between being at home and being alone in this case.
Having decided to look at Ja Soon Kim, I went to take a lot of shots of plants in her style, however what was different was that I wanted to show the stages in getting there.
“I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
– Roald Dahl
I learnt a lot from these talks and I was really grateful to those people and companies who gave us their time and pearls of wisdom. Throughout them I was busy trying to take down all the information they spoke about, but here I’ll write about the things that stood out to me the most (which in itself was a hard task to do, since I feel like everything did).
We had to make a storyboard of a rough draft of what would be in our video. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted for my final clip, but I knew the base of my idea and I was still interested in looking at Ja Soon Kim.
Looking at plants and flowers, I decided to go with the idea of dismantling a bunch of flowers and then laying it out in her style.
I liked this idea, however I wanted the video to not just portray this, but give off a different feeling.
Usually flowers are seen as beautiful objects, but I wanted my video to show them differently. Looking back at the different people we were introduced to in previous CIP lessons, I decided to experiment with this.
“It can be time-consuming but that is part of the reason it is so good, because it forces people to slow down – it forces them to think about the words in their hands and the rhythm that they have.”
After playing around with the Marvel app and having a session looking and talking about apps on our phones, I decided to do more research and look into the apps on my friends phone’s.
I asked them to screenshot their home screen and any side screens they had, and to send it to me. Many obliged, although some did question what I was doing, (and a few sent me troll photos of my face enlarged as their background).
Compiling them together, as well as my own (right in the middle) I looked at the different apps that people use. I realised that most of them, including myself, had mainly social media as their main priorities. For me, my home screen was filled with 6 social media apps which I use every day.
Another big one was travel and photography, which appeared on many people’s phones.
A few of them played games, although that seemed to be aimed at the younger ages and got less as the older the person was.
A few other apps people had were travel, music apps, Bible apps, shopping and scanning.
Looking through this gave me an insight as to what I wanted my app to contain and how to aim it at what the audience wants.
After looking at my mood board of artists and designers I decided that the second person that I want to look at is Ja Soon Kim. She’s one of my favourite photographers and art directors and I really admire her work. She has an elegance and style to her work which I appreciate a lot.
I went back to looking at grids and decided to try again, but this time with words used from my own poem, from the very first task. I still used the same images I had taken from the day of the workshop, because I quite liked them and they focused on the grids we see everywhere.
LONDON The Information Capital, is a book I happened to stumble across in the library the other day. It contains all sorts of diagrams, which gives new meaning to the word “map”. Many different “maps” are presented in different ways, and display a lot of different types of information about London. The book is very cleverly put together, some pages containing tracing paper, so that you can see the before and after effects.
Later, I went out and stood by Aldgate Station entrance, filming a short video of the cars and people passing by. I also recorded the sounds I heard.
From doing these things I realise how many ideas I could have for the Map of Me, the difficulty is choosing a solid idea, developing and expanding on it and sticking with it.