Recently I came across this TED talk by co-founder of Getty Images, Jonathan Klein. Jonathan Klein talks about how images have the power to shed light on understanding, to transcend borders, religions, and to provoke us to take action. It’s a powerful talk using powerful images.
Although we’ve used images as communication since the beginning of time, it seems that our use of images has increased with services like YouTube, Flickr and other image-sharing applications. The internet enables easy access to images through online museums, image libraries and image-based search engines.
How much more powerful and persuasive is a cleverly created film compared to a similar text?
Currently this advertisement is showing on TV; I think it’s very clever.
And how amazing is it to see a video of historical event?
What’s an example of powerful imagery or film that you’d like to share?
Filed under media, photos
This year I decided to take up the challenge of posting at least one photo a day as part of a Flickr group challenge. I ended up creating the blog, threesixtyfivephotos, so that the daily photos and small amount of written description would have somewhere to live. Now that I’ve almost finished, I realise that this exercise has proved to be surprisingly more than I expected.
Here are some of the themes:
My stuff, what I love and why Day 29 Toys Day 232 Stuff
My garden and its seasonal transformation, how it responds to extremes in temperature in the summer (fellow bloggers in North America have documented how their natural surroundings have responded to extremes in temperature in the winter – interesting for me since we don’t have snow) Day 31 Heat damage in the garden Day 242 First blossom Day 225 Winter garden Day 269 Rain rain Day 256 The whole blooming lot
Good friends Day 13 Getting together with friends
Odd things around the place Day 20 The burning giraffe
Favourite Routines Day 17 Victoria Market
Traditions Day 6 Christmas eve Day 358 Christmas eve Day 109 Orthodox Easter
Family Dramas Day 5 Sasha doesn’t get his year 12 results Day234 19th birthday saga Day 302 Fencing
My City of Melbourne Day 178 Federation Square Day 164 Royal Arcade Day 339 City sights
Food preparation Day 212 Guest Photographer makes tarts Day 348 Christmas baking
School events Day 210 School Gala
Overseas visitors Day 206 PLP and bloggers’ dinner at Southbank
Milestones and triumphs Day 197 16th birthday Day 187 He has wheels Day 238 Namesday Day 264 Day of Triumph Day 246 Still smiling about yesterday Day 338 Last day of school
Holidays Day 185 Heaven Day 318 Back to Barwon Heads
Special occasions Day 312 Anna and Pat’s wedding Babies Day 172 Baby’s first communion Engagement Day 297
Self-fulfilling prophesies Day 265 Once upon a time and Day 266 Lalo Symphony Espagnole
Special things Day 288 Russian carving
The photoblog has been a surprisingly rich journey without even trying to be. It’s like a time capsule of sorts. And best of all, it’s connected me in a personal way with people I would otherwise not communicate with.
This could work as an individual student or collaborative class project. Definitely. Just one photo and minimal written description a day.
Why don’t you try it?
I thought I’d try out PicLits: inspired picture writing.
PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
I wasn’t that pleased with my first effort, so I tried another one.
Well, unless I’ve missed something, the list of words is limited. Then again, I haven’t read the instructions, just had a go. I think there’s something to be said for adding text to a picture from a limited supply. The challenge is to work with what you’ve got, thinking about the position of the words, whether you want a sparse message or story, or whether you want a more crowded and descriptive text.
Definitely much to play with either in English, foreign language or English as a Second Language classes.
I almost forgot to thank Tom Barrett for this application, and if you go to this post you’ll find 9 other digital writing opportunities.
Can you guess what these pictures are? Leave your guesses in the comments section.
Originally uploaded by tania.sheko
Here’s a dilemma. I wanted to resize my Grumpy Blackboard but could only add it by blogging through Flickr which means I would have to delete my previous post and copy and paste the text into the new one. All good and fine, BUT I would lose my comments. Wouldn’t I?? What do you think?