Thursday, October 11, 2012

Photo Essay: Sliding Doors

Gabrielle Wheeler McGregor 42458897
Justin Pabustan 42873479

Theme: Public Transport/Subtheme: Train Doors


Our main theme for our photo essay is public transport, with our sub-theme being train doors. We chose this because transport is something that most of us use every day of our lives and never take the time to stop and notice the details that surround us. Everyday transport has been so subtly integrated into our lifestyle, therefore it often goes unnoticed. Our film attempts to recognise and explore the every day aesthetic described by Murray,S (2008, pp 161)) as one that "privileges the small, the mundane, the urban and the industrial" with our focal point being train doors.  The video also attempts to reveal the strong dependency we have on these means, as it connects and ties different places and communities together, allowing everyone a convenient and accessible means of travel. These connotations would be and have been easily missed as people simply do not take the time to step back and admire it by itself and really think about it in a standpoint of everyday aesthetics.

To capture our shots we chose to use our iPhones to encapsulate and demonstrate the notion of amateur photography. Our images, through the use of our iPhone's, manage to capture the spontaneity of amateur photography, and demonstrated the process as a discovery in itself.

We chose to use the technique of stop motion to introduce movement into our film which helps the audience to re-live the experience of everyday commuting and travel. The stop motion technique also gave the process and the film a sense of being out of control, and capturing the moment as it played out in front of us, further demonstrating the notion of amateur photography.

References: Murray, S. 2008, ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics’, Journal of Visual Culture, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.147-163

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