Week 3

I had a good webinar with Gary my tutor and Allen a fellow student. I expressed my fear and worry about the course and how i’m struggling with the academic language.

I can remember when i first started my BA that i was fearful at first about the reading and written work, being dyslexic i have a slow processing speed and find the reading hard going, but i will preserver and work on the brain muscle to improve my reading.

Regarding what we covered this week.

Citizen journalism and the use of smart phones as a photography tool.

I’m happy to use my phone for image taking, i think it has it purposes in certain situations. The ability to record events as they happen. giving everyone the freedom to be a photographer. This does lead to photo journalist being put out of a certain amount of work. The constant changing and advancement in social media and the technologies that are becoming available with our phones are making photography open to everyone.

This does lead to everyone thinking they are a photographer, i’ve had it said to me regarding wedding photography. They think they can get their family and friends to use their phones to document the day and yes, they will, but will the end result be the quality and aesthetically pleasing images the couple want to look at, to remember the occasion in years to come when they are looking back and reminiscing? I also find people question the cost of photography more now with the availability of the smart phone camera, again thinking they can take the image themselves.

In Wildlife photography it can be used as a quick reaction to something fleeting that has just occurred. A a smaller piece of equipment it causes less disturbance in the environment, getting a Dslr out of a bag or even just up to your eye can lead to flight action of the species. It depends on what your trying to shoot. The general public can become a wildlife photographer by grabbing that shot of the elusive cat that prowls the countryside, like the Black Panther of Wiltshire. Sending the image into the news for their 5 minutes of fame and recognition.

I’ve starting looking into the history of photography and science, the role photography has played in the recording of the natural world. Science and photography.

I’ve looked at The Natural History Museum and the work the are doing.www.nhm.ac.uk

I’m looking into cyanotype photography too, as it think it could be a part of my project. It was the way they recorded flora species in the first instant when photography was first created. I could use that to identify and record some of the species i find in the environment, like they originally did back then.

“If it lets light through
it will turn blue.
If it blocks out light
it will stay white.”

blueprint-to-cyanotypes.html

A poem i found which helps to remember what it does.

https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/cyanotypes-of-british-algae-by-anna-atkins-1843/