W.D. Minihan

Catch me in the NARRATIVE, jackin’ your MECHANISMS

Infusion of Knowledge… Kinda

The reading and videos for this week registered in 2 different ways for me. The first was the technical side of images, and how to capture/make good ones. Most of these principles and tips are things that I am familiar with from past experience and education. Visual literacy is something I am quite familiar with from education in design. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m great at photography or anything. Most of my photography problems stem from a mediocre phone camera (no 3rd eye for me, yet) and my tendency to get wound up in seeing things rather than seeing how I see things (Meta-Vision, I guess?).

The second way was the narrative and storytelling side. The idea of telling stories purely through a series of images is something that can be hard for me fit my head into. I have a nasty habit of over-explaining things sometimes. The thing is that narrative is something that I tend to place on top of an image after I have it, rather than trying to extract some hidden story through the process of taking/making images. My PhotoSafari was a meagre attempt at the latter.

I think that what I’m trying to summarize is that the essence of the reading material is stuff that I already knew, and the assignments this week were mostly an opportunity for practice.