Week 1 – Intro to the realtionship between Information, Technology & Culture
Week 2 – Information becomes Cultural ‘News’ Pre Internet Media Control – Blogging
Week 3 – The Human Interface of Technology & Information – The Evolution of the Screen & the emerging image content on the screen – End user feedback for design of digital devices
Week 4 – Now a more detailed look at image making through the medium of Digital Photography – remember photography is one third of your exam mark
As content creators we should make a distinction between ‘TAKING PHOTOS’ and ‘MAKING IMAGES’
Here is some research footage for a documentary I am making on this subject. Shot in Rome around the Pantheon
Here is a montage of some Black & White ‘Noir’ photos I made in Rome. We are going to study this style in class.
PHOTO …GRAPHY = light drawing
ZONE SYSTEM used in Black & White Photography from Ansel Adams
One of the first painters to really emphasis high contrast light & shade in painted compositions was the Italian Caravaggio.
He created many powerful images using a style of lighting called Chiaroscuro that evolved out of the Italian Renaissance.
Flipping the color images into black & white reveals this style of intense lighting.
This style of intense lighting has influenced many directors and their cinematographers.
It began in the 1940’s in Hollwood with FILM NOIR a cinematic mystery & crime genre featuring :
Cynical Detectives, Doomed Heroes, Femme Fatales ( first powerful lead characters for women actors) and seedy characters living on the shady edge of society.
In recent times – we can see the Chiaroscuro lighting look in ‘Fight Club’ directed David Fincher
‘The 300’ director Zack Snyder
and ‘Sin City’ with a splash of red color, director Robert Rodriguez
We will adapt this technique for our Photography. It provides a powerful realtionship obetween Light & Shadow in which to compose your images. Without the distraction of color.
Some examples of noir style in Playa.
A ‘Noir’ Photography Assignment will make up 33% of your future Media Exam Marks.
NOTE : FOR THE CURRENT SEPTEMBER EXAM PHOTOGRAPHY WILL NOT BE ASSESSED
YOU WILL ONLY HAVE A SHORT WRITTEN EXAM