#BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future

Session 6 Alternative #BTF task – Framing For The Future

This is the third and penultimate of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.

 

“Framing for the Future” Make a series of images covering different events / locations / environments over a week for which you record all possible factual data alongside (names/dates/location/weather etc, keep the data clinical – facts only). At the same time make a separate sets of notes on how you felt personally when making the images (your mood, physical state of being etc), use Chapter 1 of Bending the Frame for inspiration.

Additional: Share the images with other people, once with the facts and once with the your feelings and ask people to describe how this information changes their experience of the work. Reflect and blog your thoughts . . . → Read More: #BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future

Alternative Task: From Shahidul Alam

Photographer and founder of the Pathshala Institute in Bangladesh, Shahidul Alam sets an alternative task for #phonar this week, one that turned into a life’s work for him.

You have 7 days. Go.

Use images to identify an inequality within your own space (could be your geographic or your social space – your street or your family album for example), having done so work out a mechanism through which you can transform it.

 

You can hear Shahidul’s original talk below:

 

 

#phonar Session 6

Its another full one so lets go to work –

We are in conversation this week with Photographer Sara Davidmann and Photographer, Educator and Entrepreneur Shahidul Alam of the Pathshala Institute, Bangladesh. Two very different practitioners but both continuing to build on our discussions around the gravity of the role of storyteller and picking up on themes brought up by Fred Ritchin and David Campbell.

Usual drill – as you listen please tweet your notes and comments using the #phonar hashtag and don’t forget to storify the global set of notes/tweets afterwards.

 

Sarah Davidmann

Images discussed here are at Sara’s website http://saradavidmann.com/

Shahidul Alam

Links for images and projects mentioned:

http://pathshala.net/

http://drik.net/shahidul-alam-my-journey-as-a-witness/

http://everydayafrica.tumblr.com/

 

Participating in our own representation

I love doing the Phonar class. This Summer I had to talk about “Why?”, why I teach , why I think Phonar is important. The talk is here but in a nutshell Phonar , PhonarNation and other projects that I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with like World Press Reporting Change are about enabling people to participate in their own representation. They’re about taking people who otherwise might feel anonymised by the vastness of the web and using it to empower them. They’re practical and applied workshops in Visual Literacy and Digital Fluency.

And they’re a means, not an ends. Phonar is a photography class but we don’t fawn over photographs. We use Photography as a means to do other things, to speak clearly with images and by making our classes open and connected we increase the likelihood of our speakers being heard. We think about the role of the storyteller, we reflect on how heavy the responsibility of telling other people’s stories would be and halfway through the course we all share a previously untold story (off record) with the group. It can be whimsical or heartfelt, but we do it to feel the vulnerability of the subject. . . . → Read More: Participating in our own representation

A Post-Photographic Portrait

“A Post-Photographic Portrait”

The culmination of this module will be the production of a “post-photographic portrait” of Jill Jarman‘s piece for Cello performed by Laura Ritchie, any problems with the embed below please go directly to Archive.org Your decisions throughout this process should build upon and further develop the work we’ve begun in creative workshop and throughout the lecture series. This process should be evidenced explicitly and succinctly on your blog as well ( a 500 word reflective summary would do the trick).

Boom ! Easy-peasy.

🙂

Julián Péter @JuloPeter @Jonathan_Worth Hi! Bit confused on the latest task. Do we create a “new” post-photographic portrait, or do we transform our previous work?

JW >> Here’s a slightly longer answer than the 140 characters twitter allows: Perhaps see the task as a license (should one be needed) to “break out of the frame”. To break out of stills, to use sound, explore multi-point perspective and grapple with non-linear narratives. It’s the chance to make a bigger and more ambitious project than the weekly tasks and now that you’ve established a weekly turnaround of work you should find it easier to build something substantial. Revisit the lectures and interviews, look over your . . . → Read More: A Post-Photographic Portrait

Aaron Guy: Working with the Archive

Aaron Guy works at the North of England Institute of Mining where he has the daunting task of digitizing much of the institutes artefacts as well as transforming, categorizing and publishing them in new forms. Here Aaron takes us on a brief tour of the Institute and answers questions on the transformation of this great archive.

Below the photofilm/tour/interview you can see the stunning ‘Working, Void’, a piece produced by Aaron in response to much of the material he has been working with at the institute…

Matt J

Storify notes:

[View the story “Aaron Guy – Working with the Archive” on Storify]

Creative Task: Reframing the Present #BTF

Session 5 Alternative #BTF task – Re-framing The Present

This is the second of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.

Alt task: “Re-framing the Present” Tell the story of a current news event. Use all of the available and appropriate perspectives at your disposal to make a version of the story which you feel is more accurate. It needn’t be a national news event it might be hyper local, perhaps you see a national narrative that doesn’t reflect your local/cultural reality etc

Development: Make alternative versions of differing publications/ broadcast channels, which reflect nationally and or culturally diverse perspectives.

Phonar collaborators Pete Brook and Stephen Mayes in conversation for Wired.

Hopefully some of the themes in Pete’s article will sound familiar to us over here on #phonar. This is one not to be missed and brought to you by the ex-Director of VII Agency no less

Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences

[Stephen Mayes] argues that the rise of digital changed the very nature of photography by moving it from a fixed image to a fluid one. The swift pace at which we create images is only matched by the pace at which we discard them and yet, paradoxically, we’ve never been more engaged with images. Photography is less about document or evidence and more about community and experience … and that’s not a bad thing.

“The way we relate to imagery is changing,” says Mayes, who thinks the pace of change is astonishing. Fortune magazine reported in September 2012 that “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” That same month, Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram, just shy of two-years in existence, passed the 100 million users. Instagram users, who are signing up a rate of one per second, have taken over one billion images with the app. Such frenzied activity will account for some but not . . . → Read More: Phonar collaborators Pete Brook and Stephen Mayes in conversation for Wired.

David Campbell in conversation with Carole Naggar on Magnum Founder George Rodger

 

I sat in on this conversation between David Campbell and writer Carole Naggar; they discuss her biography on Magnum co-founder George Rodger. From his early years as a struggling photographer, to the establishment of Magnum and about his photographic legacy following assignments such as Bergen-Belsen. Tweet your notes with the #phonar hashtag.

– Kate Green ( @KateGreen28 )

George Rodger © All Rights Reserved

 

Creative Task: Re-framing the Past #BTF

Session 4 Alternative #BTF task – Re-framing The Past

This is the first of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.

Alt task: “Reframing the Past” Tell the story of an historical news event. Use all of the available and appropriate “with hindsight” perspectives to make a version of the story which you feel is more accurate. Use sources that include witnesses from that moment in time.

Development: Make alternative versions of differing publications/ broadcast channels, which reflect nationally and or culturally diverse perspectives.

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