Open Access and the Paywall

An unlikely relationship. Seemingly more like arch-enemies in the digital economic landscape as Open Access activists freely oppose the paywall which restricts the everyman to information that apparently “wants to be free”. Paywalls A paywall does exactly what it says on the tin: you can’t go through the gate unless you pay to get in. That is unless you’re a super activist who digs the tunnel underneath or climbs over the top. Paywalls can be subscriptions, such as to Newspapers. This is becoming increasing more common as advertisers are moving away from Newspaper sites and onto cheaper more trafficked websites … Continue reading Open Access and the Paywall

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

Lives of the First World War

The Imperial War Museum are calling for stories, documents and pictures of the people served, held by families today. Their aim by the centenary for the IWM  is to have 8 million personal stories built on a digital platform using multi mediums. The project – called Lives of the First World War and launching next February – will see the museum returning to its founding purpose but adapting to the internet age, in what is believed to be the biggest trawl for historical information ever undertaken. Undeniably, there is this sense today that if we digitise archives, that this is a simple … Continue reading Lives of the First World War

Research: Dovedale Cinema, Longford

Prewar cinema called Dovedale Cinema, built after 1931, no records in the 1925 or 1931 Kinematograph year books. However, there is an aerial photograph from 1929 of Windmill St, before Dovedale Street was built. 1929 Top Right 1932, Forked road bottom right     The Kinematograph Year Book 1942, 1949 & 1954 Rivoli Cinema – Longford Road Coventry 88325 Jepson Cinemas Ltd 1040 seats 1 – 2 shillings The Kinematograph Year Book 1958 (and 1970, 1971) The Ritz Cinema – Longford Road Coventry 88325 The Paris Luxury Continental Cinema (Far Gosford St) 1 shilling and 6 pence to 2 shillings … Continue reading Research: Dovedale Cinema, Longford

Transformative Storytelling

Using only found images (ie images from family albums and local library archives, not published in magazines) research and construct a photo-artefact/story that weaves a narrative linking the people depicted within. Development : Build and include a soundscape relevant to your story. Include personal stories from the subjects depicted. As I have been developing my second edition of Unwelcome Invitation and adding family archives into the mix I have already been looking into my own personal ‘collection’. I have been discussing the stories behind photography and how albums show the holiday snaps, but ignore the time between. Sarah Davidmann touches … Continue reading Transformative Storytelling

#phonar Spoken Narrative

Record a personal story to share with the group. You should speak your story in person and it’s telling should last approx. 2 minutes (if you prefer to record and publish in advance, that’s fine, otherwise it’s delivered live in session and stays within the closed group). You should especially consider your choice of story/subject, your audience and your verbal delivery – in terms of your script, language, pace and intonation. No accompanying soundscape. I had two stories in mind. One being this and another about my battle with Crohn’s disease for seven years. Although I have had long enough … Continue reading #phonar Spoken Narrative

Unphotographable Phiction #phonar

Working alone, you should choose one of Michael David Murphy’s “Unphotographable” posts and create a multimedia narrative. You should use your own images, new or from your archive and you should create an accompanying soundscape. Please upload the pieces by next session to vimeo and tag it #phonar. Thanks go to Michael  for kindly allowing #phonar to use his work . I looked at the idea of storytelling with sound, but without voice. Immediately the beginning sequence of Pixar’s ‘Up’ came to mind: The clever mix of visuals and music immerses the viewer into feeling absolutely part of the couples’ … Continue reading Unphotographable Phiction #phonar

Story Telling

Some things to consider with creating a photographic narrative – Notes from Phonar Lecture online What is the story How to I tell the story What do I need Does it exist? can it be proven/documented? A lot of the best stories are the one that unfold as they go along.  open mind to approach a story Might appeal a certain age group Presenting facts and presenting questions.  Continue reading Story Telling