Photos of Information – but whose side?

no6wcamera at fountainvillage-jim-grooms_JohnA photo safari as a resident in the Village is a challenge. It does need looking at the Village differently and in finding meaning in what is right under our noses. Will this assignment keep us from becoming fully assimilated? Or are there hidden subliminal messages in the village to convince us in accepting our stay and conforming? Will the photo safari make you independent or conform? How will viewing other resident photo safari interpretations sway our thoughts? Are the warders setting us up for conforming or escaping?



The photo above is from the deck of my village bungalow. A hint of the lovely gardens provided for our pleasure – but I also noticed at this time through shadows that we are imprisoned! A beautiful path that is fenced so that we can not go farther – the confines of boundaries everywhere and amplified by the late afternoon shadows that I would not have seen if not taking photos.

Photo Safari Album – I am a collector by nature and one who finds looking at things in multiple points of views and arrangements before choosing is necessary and enjoyable. And once chosen is looked at again for yet another iteration. I am going to continue to shoot as I remember during this week and at week’s end see if I have come up with pictures to convey the subjects requested in a later post.

Information is in art. Keep your eyes and mind open. Will you find information in your photos? Will the photos help you in escape? Do you need to escape? Will the photos help you accept your stay?

When asking “What does it mean?” and being told “it is what it is.” , really a reminder not to seek information and an effort for residents not to look deeper –  that information is only for No. 2 and the committee?

I am still figuring this out and will need to gather more photos to check for messages.

n06wcamera Be seeing you.

Noir Photo Safari

As an open course participant – (I like to think of it more as my personalized learning path) – I am not following the Noir section assignments, but am taking advantage of being able to create my own learning path based on interests and choice. Here are some Noir inspired pictures of mine as my application of the safari assignment. Rather than embed large Flickr stored photos, I dropped them into a Google Slides format to share. Any feedback as a reader as to whether this is effective in how you view would be appreciated. Do you like to scroll or would you rather have it transition as a slide show and be able to click through as you would like?

The safari challenge was:

  1. Complete a Photo Safari: In which you take a series of pictures this week to capture at least five  of the following Noir elements (tag:noirsafari):
    • dramatic use of distinct shadows
    • lighting from one side
    • off-kilter or unusual camera angle/framing
    • the “Venetian blind” effect — using some repeating geometric shadow across a shot
    • sense of drama and/or moodiness
    • characters captured in a tableau suggesting an intense, fraught moment
    • urban nightscapes
    • the grittiness of built environment (building, streets, etc.)
    • a NoirCat

From the photos I have included some of the set ups are missing. The plus of the Google slide show is that I can add photos without having to republish or alter this blog post. As I get feedback from others – I can add or change the photo sequence and selection.

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