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Prid 302: visual references

Just been looking are the web, well mainly YouTube and got some really interesting and moving videos, that involve the PostSecret postcards, or has been created fro the project:

FYP: Idea that I am sticking with

Inspired by Postsecret, with the way it brings emotion and image together, and my love for the photobooth, i am wanting to set up a photobooth- that takes photos of people and their emotion or secret and display them as a projection of a mosaic made up of the images.

From further thinking this idea, i thought maybe it would be good to ask the users to record a 30 second video telling their secret and then the projection mosaic could be made up of the videos of the lips. What would add a interesting factor to the piece would be, if that the on going viewers would have to lip read, as i would have no sound to the piece. Keeping the secrets still under-wrapped but still being displayed.

This lip idea is very rocky horror and also links with the saying “my lips are sealed”

some lips images, for inspiration:

I think that Lily Allen has a really interesting tattoo, that represents secret and interacts with the lips with out having to make a sound

something a bit cool

As I am thinking of using Quartz Composer to build my final year project up in, i have been looking around at projects that use this developers tool, this is some pieces i have found, on the world wide web:

Apple Hyperwall

The hyperwall is displaying all the apps within the apple store, with a live feed of their growth. Every time a customer downloads an app, its icon lights up (5min delay).

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Share Wall

“Wirelessly transfer photos taken from Samsung’s Omnia II phone to the large Share Wall (approximately eight square metres). Visitors can capture and share their memorable WOW moments and post it on the photo mosaic frame which will be constantly updated with new images.”
from Samsung’s official press release.

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The Existentail Mirror

Image distortion formula to the live video feed before being rear-projected into the mirror frame.

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Old Skool

I am really into my analogue art and photography at the moment, i found it much more exciting than anything digital. As it has a raw and much more real aspect.

Here are some projects using analogue technologies or items:

Ghost in the Machine is a series of musicians portraits that have been made out of recycled cassette tape. It was inspired by the description of how your spirit lives in your body.


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This is so simple but very effected:

“Webcam technology is being connected with analogue Polaroids to create live pictures (cut out to create a 3D model) – an example of a digital solutions in analogue context.”
http://www.core77.com/gallery/designmai-2006/210.asp

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I found this really interest site. The idea is that people send in their secret written on a postcard, image or any related object. Bringing imagery and human emotion together.
The site link is: http://postsecret.blogspot.com/

Here are some of my favorite images sent in:

Project 365: Take a Photo every day for a year

I am going to complete this project, starting from today. I feel that is has reference for my FYP and Dissertation – as it is exposing yourself by photo a day, kinda of like a diary of your year in images.

I also feel that it kinda could links my 4D and narrative module, as it is showing a measurement of time (the narrative of your year), and the photographs, don’t necessary have be detailed and show what exactly you have done with your day. This is like the kind of photographs you would upload to Twitpic.com

From Project 365 site:

Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way

People will often say that their whole lives flashed before their eyes after they experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps it’s a bit morbid, but we think that sounds pretty incredible.

When Taylor McKnight started taking a photo a day on January 1st, 2004, he never imagined the project would not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also help him understand what was important to him in his life.

Whether it was his relationships, his career, or his fashion sense, recording a photo a day for a whole year left him with a rich visual history of his life. And it made him a better photographer to boot!

Now that he’s in the middle of doing it for a second time, we asked Taylor to write about it for us. Read on for our tutorial on how and why to create your own daily photographic history.
Project 365: How to Create a Daily Photographic History
http://www.photojojo.com/content/tutorials/project-365-take-a-photo-a-day/

Why do it?

Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:

* Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)

* Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.

* Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.

Tips on How to Do It

Here are six tips on how to create your own Project 365:

1. Bring Your Camera Everywhere
Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.

2. Make Posting Easy
You can install blog software like Movable Type or WordPress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and Photoblog.com are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.

3. Vary Your Themes
Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.

4. Tell a Story
Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.

5. Don’t Stop, No Matter What
This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.

There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.

N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!

6. Post early, post often
Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

Examples

* The Project 365 2004 Recap — Read Taylor’s thoughts on the project after the year was over and see some of the highlights.

* Project 365, 2006 (in progress) — Watch a slideshow of Taylor’s second go-around with Project 365.

* Noah Brier’s One a Day — In a more self-reflective variation, our pal Noah takes a photo a day using the webcam built into his MacBook.

http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/project-365-take-a-photo-a-day/

Prid 302: Fun Face Recognition

This project remind me of my first idea of the Clown Corridor, where people will walk down a corridor, whilst seeing themselves in front on them, but instead of their face it will be replaced with a clowns mask – or some unpleasant imagery


I think this is really fun and it has made me think about maybe still doing something with the Clown Corridor project

Prid 302: What I have been playing with

I have gone the Internet and found a few tutorials on some interesting web cam projects. Both in Flash and Processing:

I found a tutorial on the Processing website, on how to pick a web cam feed up, detect the amount of, Red, Blue and Green pixels and merge them into one, and how when you press any key on your keyboard a snap shot is taken, leaving the refreshed back ground image with a ghostly figure of your face. Here is a snap shot my web cam in action:

I am very fond of the ghostly image this leaves behind – kind of like you have left your marking/stamp behind, I think it will be interesting to see how people react to using this application – will they like seeing themselves.

I have also found face recognition code for flash and the use of web cams – luckily the creator has uploaded the source code for this project, so I have been able to download it and test it. I will soon play around with it and hopefully create a similar piece to The Portrait Machine
Here is video of the software in action by the creator:

Here is a snap shots of me (and John) using it on my iMac: