How to: paint with light on your smart phone.

1) Download ‘Slow Camera’ from App Store 2) Tap ‘Light Trail’ for more settings- change your shutter to 15 seconds. This means that there is more lights coming into the camera because the shutter is open for longer. Change your aperture to 1/32 or 1/64 this means that the hole which the light is getting through to the camera is smaller and allows less light in: this will make sure that there isn’t loads of light pouring in to the picture… 3) Get a small torch or light object. 4) Place your phone/iPod/iPad on a flat steady surface and click … Continue reading How to: paint with light on your smart phone.

Cinema Archive: #phonar Post-Photographic Portrait & Reflection

So I came from looking at Coventry archives and struggling to piece a narrative together that can hook a viewer. So I turned to my roots: my father has been in the cinema industry for the most part of his working life and really is an orb of cinema history knowledge. He can tell me exactly how long some films’ running times are, for example. I asked Dad about the Coventry cinemas and it turns out that the Alexandra, or Theatre One, is of great importance to The Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa- where my father’s cinema is. In … Continue reading Cinema Archive: #phonar Post-Photographic Portrait & Reflection

#Phonar Post Photographic Portrait Idea 2

On Monday 11th November I went to meet Jinx Rodger in Kent. Jinx is the wife of the late George Rodger, Magnum co-founder. She was a little overwhelmed to have two new people come to visit, as well as having Carole Naggar and son, Jonathan to stay. However, she was more than happy to let us look at her husband’s photographic archive. The ‘archive room’ is at the top of a steep set of wooden stairs, which acts as a landing really. Immediately I was in a state of awe. Jinx is extremely enthusiastic about her husband’s work and it … Continue reading #Phonar Post Photographic Portrait Idea 2

Jamie McDonald Notes Points to consider: think about how our stories/pictures become the landscape (of what people will know/remember)- BE A TRUSTED SOURCE (links to JW lecture 1; Fred Ritchin lecture 2; David Campbell lecture 4) we have to understand context to allow us to be communicators of the ‘right’ narrative (links to David Campbell lecture 4) process of photography is much different now- the delivery has changed and we must respect how that can change the readings. Continue reading Jamie McDonald Notes

Post Photographic Portrait Update #phonar

I was really struggling with how to make this archival evidence into a solid ‘narrative’. But then I remembered David Campbell’s lecture about how we make sense of the world with narrative. And narrative is not linear. I have also been exploring ways which we should digitise archives so that they are accessible and functional. From this, I have been looking at algorithms: when a photograph is scanned, a computer will not recognise it from its visual value, but from what code it can take from it, such as it’s white balance, hues, dimensions etc; software can then search for … Continue reading Post Photographic Portrait Update #phonar

The Alexandra Cinema, Coventry

The premises was originally an old coffee house, refurbished into a single screen cinema, the Alexandra Picturedrome in 1917 by Elijah Strong. After Strong’s death, Harold Philpot bought the cinema during the 1930s; the cinema has been said to have experimented with 3D. During the Blitz, the cinema had been damaged, but not destroyed and reopened in the 1940s. During the 1970s refurbishments were made to divide the plot up into three screens. By its latter years Theatre One (changed name in 1970) had a poor reputation with whom it allowed though the doors and was known as a Flea Pit for … Continue reading The Alexandra Cinema, Coventry