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August 19, 2011, 11:33 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project

On Thursday I went to the Apple Store in Covent Garden to listen to a talk from the iPhoneorapher, Gordon Fraser. I thought going to this event maybe worth while as I’m looking to make a documentary using an iPhone for my specialist project. After the event, I felt more inclined to want to pursue using an iPhone to film with. However, I’m unsure wether I should think about using an adapter that will allow me to attach dslr lenses onto the iPhone. Although this will enable me to capture really cinematic shots on my phone, I do feel I should work within the limits of the device and see if I can produce something without the need of external accessories. Plus, like most iPhoneographers, they don’t revert to using lens adapters; just the iPhone.

London Eye - Image by Gordon Fraser

Gordon was originally a traditional photographer after receiving a film camera from a relative. The presentation took us on a small journey on how he moved on from using a traditional film camera, to a digital camera and then to a smartphone. He spoke about how borrowing an iPhone from a friend unleashed a new creativity within, and how this has lead to him winning awards and having his work exhibited internationally. Throughout his talk, he demonstrated  how you can take better images on the iPhone by using specify photographic applications.  As well as presenting his own work to us, Gordon also showed work from other well known iPhoneographers such as, Aik Beng Chia.

Aik is responsible for creating a series of iphone photographs entitled, I’m No Banksy. This project has Chia photoshopping the famous graffiti artist’s pieces onto images he took of people on the streets of Singapore. The results are humorous interactive wall pieces between the strangers and the artwork. Chia was inspired to do this project after seeing that Banksy never completed a stencil in Singapore.

I’ve been using my iPhone quite a lot recently to take photos with. The photo above was a photo I took on my iPhone, just outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden. I have more of my own iPhone photography on my flickr profile.


C215 / Street Artist
August 17, 2011, 12:54 am
Filed under: Specialist Project, Video

Street art is one of my possible topics I’d like to document for the specialist project. I came across this really cool short video documenting a street artist called, C215. One of my aims for this unit is to shoot a short video documentary on an iPhone 4…but I would love the challenge to bring it to the same professional quality of this video.

Mix & Music by Cyesm
Directed by Jérôme de Gerlache

Journalist and iPhoneographer: Richard Koci Hernandez
August 7, 2011, 2:36 pm
Filed under: General, Specialist Project, Video

The art of discretion by using an iPhone to capture natural street photography.

This is a nice short video following Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist and iPhoneographer, Richard Koci Hernandez. I feel this video strongly relates to what I’m wanting to do for this unit. As it currently stands, I aim to create a short documentary for my specialist project. Like Hernandez, I’m looking to find new ways of putting together a story using new multimedia technology. In this video, Hernandez says “I’ll use any tool available, as long as it helps me tell the story I wanna tell, I’ll use it.” I like the way he is thinking forward into how he can be more discreet as a journalist and be able to capture more realistic photographs.

This is definitely something I’m going to develop on for my project!

Specialist Project Mind Map
August 2, 2011, 10:59 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project

Just did a quick mind map of some ideas for the content and style of the documentary. I’m trying to avoid the conventional documentary where there is dialogue. I’m wanting to make a digital exhibition through an application.

Specialist Project Possible Idea
August 2, 2011, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Specialist Project

For this unit I’ve been thinking about convergence, because that’s what everything appears to be doing in this days and age. We’ve had an array of different devices and media and now we’re heading into the future where it’s all going to be on one device. I know I’ve mentioned the iPad and iPhone extensively in previous posts, but they’re pretty much future proof.  Their impressive catalogue of applications have allowed them to be more than what are, like the iPhone being more than just a phone.

iPad 2 Advert

iPhone 4 Advert

Anyway, more to the point, I’ve thought a lot about taking an aspect of digital media and transforming into a sub category for the application store for the iPhone and iPad. At the minute you can download:

  • iTunes: As most people will know this is where you can download all your music from as mp3 format.
  • iBooks: This is where you can download digital versions of Books.
  • Newsstand: This store is yet to be released with the next IOS update, but it will allow people to download digital versions of magazines and newspapers.
  • What could be next? Well I’m confident that we’ll see these categories expanding more and more. The idea that you can make a digital application allows you the freedom to draw in lots of different multimedia.
I’m thinking of making an un-conventional documentary for this unit and turning it into an application based format. In response to the brief of coming up with something that shows ‘my idea of a future digital media’, I feel that documentaries could be offered as an application.

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