In Memoriam

For my video editing assignment, I was really interested in the French Realism style of not editing my video. I like how it shows how monotonous and common life is for all of us. French Realism shows that normal people like you and I can be protagonists in a story and we are in fact the protagonists in the stories of our own lives.

Seeing the video clip in class of the woman kneading meatloaf for 3 minutes and listening to everyone in the room squirm made me think back to when we listened to the full 4’33” by John Cage and could feel how uncomfortable it made us.

We are so accustomed to the American Continuity in all of our television and movies that we even try to emulate it in our everyday lives. We play music to give our lives soundtracks and post pithy one-liners on social media so we can feel as cool as a movie hero. We are so immersed in American Continuity, that listening to nothing for 4 and a half minutes or watching someone just cook without Gordon Ramsey yelling is almost unbearable.

This realization disturbed me. We try so hard to make our lives like what we see in television and movies that we cannot appreciate what we have and how we can make ourselves and our lives the best they can actually be. Therefore, I chose to make a video accompaniment to 4’33” for my project.

I don’t own the rights to the song 4’33”, so you’ll need to open it on your own at the same time.

Not Necessarily Bathrooms

photomontage

My photomontage is meant to be a commentary on the amount of time we as a society spend indoors rather than outside. Time spent outside by Americans is amazingly low despite the health benefits for people of all ages.

My montage consists of the mirror from my bathroom, some ivy and a tree from my yard, and myself looking confused about what is happening. My text, “Inside or Out” is less visible than I would have liked, but I wanted it to be that color to evoke the thought of plants.

A New Perspective on Groceries

For this creative lab, I decided to take some photographs of the Whole Foods in Walnut Creek where I work. I wanted to show some views of the store that many people wouldn’t usually see and thus, point of view was the main guideline that I considered when using my camera.

Whole Foods Before Hours

Whole Foods Before Hours

In this first photograph, I used point of view by lowering the camera almost to the ground to make the store loom large. I also kept the rule of thirds in mind horizontally with the colors and vertically using the tree and the arch. There is still some ‘head room’ over the building, even though it doesn’t really have a head. Finally, there are lots of rectangles with some semicircles in the picture that make the architecture look nice.

My favorite kind of parking lot.

Empty Parking Lot. No customers.

This second photo it taken from the other side of the parking lot. It emphasizes the difference the point of view can make on a photograph. If you’ve ever shopped at the Whole Foods in Walnut Creek, you know how crowded this lot is all day, so showing it this empty is a novel view. This photo uses scale to give depth to the photograph. Again, the colors divide the photograph into thirds and the lines from the parking spaces in the foreground lead the eye to look at all the empty space like I intended.

The Aisles from Above

The Aisles from Above

This last photograph is taken from the back offices which have a window that looks out into the store. Although it is the photo that satisfies the fewest of the 10 guidelines for photo composition, it is my favorite. This picture definitely does not keep it simple. There is so much to see in here-aisles, lights, and products on the shelves- but I like that because it reflects on how much goes in to the operation of a grocery store that you probably don’t ever think about despite going in to one probably at least once per week. I guess we can see some shapes appearing in the picture, but the leading lines all lead out of the frame and makes it seem like there is a lot that you are missing out on seeing.

First REAL Post

First REAL Post

 

Howdy folks,

For my first post, I’m supposed to, “find an example of a blog that you think is effective and post a link to it on your own blog.” At first, I wanted to examine Breaking Muscle because they do a lot of good work, but they don’t date their entries, so I guess it isn’t considered a blog by some definitions. Hopefully, I’ll be able to come back to it in a later post.

So, another good website that does date their entries is The Art of Manliness . This blog’s “message” combines lots of topics that interest me as well as many others such as vehicle maintenance, personal finance, and men’s fashion (yes, beards are part of fashion).

However, as we have heard quite a few times already this semester, ‘the medium is the message’, and just as this blog does a great job appealing to different interest groups, it also provides several different media forms. While this blog is pretty exclusively space-oriented, it still shows variety in its media.

The most common post they deliver is a basic text article with a few pictures. A very hot medium, but it is the most common modern method for spreading information. It allows visitors to the site to absorb content at their own pace and without needing too much bandwidth or speakers like a video post would. Socrates, Innis, and McLuhan may not like it, but the written word is king and it’s here to stay.

That being said, video posts are also produced and sometimes even produced in conjunction with written articles – a cooler medium.

Longer podcasts are also put up. These lack the visual component of a video, but can go into more detail for when one has more time to give to a particular topic.

Last of all, some posts are just ‘infographics’. As hot as it may be, a picture is worth a thousand words (which can be pretty hot too), so they can provide a very quick way to convey a lot of information.

So, by using several different media forms to cover numerous message topics, The Art of Manliness does just what it means to do as a blog which is to reach out to a wide audience. Without even discussing the promotional methods employed to get readers coming to (and coming back to) this blog, it is clear that they have cast a wide net onto the potential audience while still maintaining a central theme for dedicated visitors.