This week Ill look into and discuss how community effects, alters and channels your creative workflow and how it has effect people in the past but also how it has effected myself. 

When being a creative/visual artist you must interpret your surroundings and then alter, reproduce or make comment on that community, that surrounding. As I move future into my studies I watch my workflow rock up and down as the months pass, I believe this is due to my community and whats happening around me, what is affecting me more or less, Because of this sometimes ill want to pick up the camera due to my surroundings making me unhappy and i want to show that, other times i wont touch the camera at all not matter how affects me, heavily or not…

The environment completely dictates when and how I get my work done. 2 photos in 2 months, 20 photos in 2 days. Time and place is what completes my photos for me. Iv always seen photography as capturing moments, of course this could be argued by those who shoot photography as artworks like fashion directors and what not, but to me it is still about capturing time and place so you can remember that.

“im not into photography per say i enjoy being there recording…. Finger on the shutter hesitating, not shooting but always there. We steal but in order to give.”
Cartier Bresson

After watching this small doco on Bresson i found that he too was strongly influenced by his surroundings and the community of people he would consistently submerge himself amongst to find photographs.

For my creative project i wanted to explore some night time photogrpahy using black and white, one of the most raw styles to photograph. I started the project by talking my camera to the royal show and shoting some rides and firewoks by night. The aim was to express movemet through the light. I will continue my project by shooting a diffrent location next week. On this particular night I chose to use a high film speed of 1600 (TMAX400 Bumped to 1600) over the project i plan to test afew other high speed films like Ilford Delta 3200 and Hp5 ilford 1600.

* More photos will be posted in the ‘CreativeProject’ section from now onward. *

What does analogical thinking do? Why would we bother to learn this?

Analogical thinking is what we do when we use information from one domain (the source or analogy) to help solve a problem in another domain (the target). Experts often use analogies during the process of problem solving, and analogies have been involved in numerous scientific discoveries. However, studies of novice problem solvers show that they often have difficulty in recognising that one problem can be used to solve another.

-Enhances creative output. –> better output more creative work.

-Source to learn difficult concepts more effectively.

Analogical Reasoning is a Process of reasoning from particular to particular, it derives a conclusion from one’s experience in one or more similar situations. The simplest and most common method of reasoning, it is also most fraught with chances of making a mistake. With deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning, it constitutes the three basic tools of thinking.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/analogical-reasoning.html#ixzz27g6Ro1Dy

Creative ideas are created in ‘analogical and metaphorical thinking.

Metaphoric thinking is a substitutional mental process in which implicit comparisons are made between qualities of objects which are usually considered in separate classifications. By poetically sensing and analogically developing the hidden connections between these normally separated qualities, the student is able to synthesize new mental constructs as forms that may be called creative. With the great over emphasis in education on making clear, linear, and literal connections, the synthesis of new evocative forms is an important productive thinking skill for all students who hope to do more than memorize information.

By understand and exercising analogical thoughts, one can train themselves to be constantly reviewing and refreshing past contexts or ideas and developing their own whether it be in apply it to a different context or adjusting the original means.

“We “make a connection” between our current problem and a similar or related situation.”

(B.Koestler, N/D)

The catch to Analogical thinking is ideas and analogical connection at times may come with ease, when otherwise it may take sufficient research.

Comedy and humour is firmly based around analogical thoughts as they are created upon well-known scenarios, products or things.

During the tutor we took part in a small analogical thinking activity… (Results below)

Consider at least one “creative” answer for each of the following questions.

A)   What is the colour of shame and why?

The colour of shame is white because white it lifeless and consuming somewhat like the feeling of shame itself.

B)   In what ways can coolness be seen?

Style, Feel, Look, Attitude, Views, Appearance, Availability, Background.

C)   How is vandalizing like sticking your finger in a light socket?

When one vandalizes they may do so for personal, creative or destructive purposes. Whatever the background or reasoning the sensation created from partaking in such an act/sport/hobby can be compared to the feeling of getting shocked when putting their finger in a light socket.

In the lecture we explored design principles in graphic design, comic design and gaming. I found it interesting looking into this side of design as I have never really explored it before. The work of Charles Burns and Chris Ware where shown and explored in the lecture, i found there work most interesting as each peice was based around a story so when exploring the design principles they had used it helped unfold the story they wished to create or portray.

The work of Ren Lok was then shown and explored as it was a good introduction and refrence to Gestalts laws of grouping.

The Gestalt approach emphasizes that we perceive objects as well-organized patterns rather than separate component parts. According to this approach, when we open our eyes we do not see fractional particles in disorder. Instead, we notice larger areas with defined shapes and patterns. The “whole” that we see is something that is more structured and cohesive than a group of separate particles.

[Pedroza,2004]

Looking into the history of “pages” and book production was very insightful as presentation of work is easily as important as the work itself. Having known pages originally consisted of circles interested me as iv always thought of creating a circle page zine but questioned whether it would devalue the photos.

Following into the Tutoral we where asked to choose between 1 of the many creative techniques to explore our creative project idea. I chose todo ‘Starbursting’ as i had not done it before and it seemed feasible as a way of draining my creative thoughts.

Method 6: Starbursting

i. Place the problem in a six-point star

ii. Label the tips of each point: Who, What, Why, Where, When and How. iii. Brainstorm each perspective

After Star-busting my Idea for the creative project which will be showcased on this blog i must say i was surprised with how helpful the method actually is. Having the shoot/project based around who,what,why,where,when and how it quickly showed me what parts of the project i needed to develop and plan more.

After this creativity exercise we explored Edward de Bono’s notion of “lateral thinking” through the 6 thinking hats.

 

(B.Hill, 2009).

When artists create, do they have methods or certain theories that they abide by?

Today I was asked whether I too like the photographers of our past have my own set of creative methods and theories that I like to follow…

Thinking about this more so when arriving home, I thought it would be appropriate to explore some of the methods,theories and practices that are upheld when carrying out my own personal photographic work. Exploring only my personal creative practices, methods and philosophies i believe will portray a better idea of my strong creative attributes and methods which i use day to day for my photography.

-Creative Practice

When thinking of my own personal creative practice I like to refer to the Shannon Weaver Model of communication. The Weaver model was originally created to visually document what takes place when a person makes or receives a phone call. A simple model consists of (View below)

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(Shannon W, 1949)

When deconstructing the model you can see it consists of 3 basic parts.

-Information Source (SENDER)

-Noise Source (STATIC/NOISE)

-Destination (RECEIVER)

These 3 parts of the model can be taken and adopted to make my own photographic/visual communication model that is simply a modified Shannon Weaver. This consists of (view below)

Photographer (Sender) —> Photograph (Design, Product/ Image) —> Cultural Filters (Target Audience, Ethical Values/Beliefs) —> Receiver (Client/Evaluation) —> Photographer (Restart Of Cycle) 

The model shown above reflects the Weaver model but has been altered to hold value to the photographer and define ones creative process as it shows the complete cycle from first creation of the photo, to the way it is interpreted through ones cultural filters and values, to being presented in its final form. Although what has been added to my model and not to the Shannon Weaver is the possibility of re-evaluation where the client or photographer can asses the work and send it back to its first stage again. Reasoning for this is because maybe the photographer was not happy with the final piece and wanted to refine the idea or possibly because the client was looking for something different. This is not a negative or flaw to my model but simply a modification as the creative process is on going and there for must be continuous.

-Method

Shooting purely analog/film is a method that is by far the most important to me. Unfortunately due to modern day technology the human race has been fed the idea that easier is better and because of this digital photography has kicked off. Photography is not meant to be easy it is meant to be one of the most difficult and challenging art forms there is. Shooting purely film I believe is the only way for one to refine and master the art which is photography. There is no technique to editing on the computer nor is their talent when shooting 1000+ photos in one place to find your perfect exposure. Consistency, style and depth is what I chase in my photography and this can only be acquired through knowledge of the camera and commitment to the art form, this is why my method of photography is to shoot analog/film.

– Philosophy

When picking up the camera iv always found it vital to always dwell on what could have been. That perfect moment you missed… That second you should have pressed the trigger… The moment the bird flew out of frame… Whatever it may be you must dwell upon it. Why? Because only when we dwell, analyse or think about what could have been, do we realise what could have been done better. Over my photographic career/education this philosophy has meant more and more to me as the standard of photography expected grows higher, and i have found that by upholding this frame of mind we only can better ourselves by learning from each different scenario and refining our skills by dwelling on what can be done better. Photography is the art of time and for one to excel they must be able to capture the beautiful moments whether they’re actually beautiful or not, this is left down to their creativity and talent with the camera but also the mind.

Photography to me has always been about capturing a moment in time which is slightly different to every other. It may be the same boring street with the same boring bus stop but that is not to say it will be boring for ever. That split moment in time when the ordinary becomes the unordinary can be whenever and I have found by simply sticking to my personal philosophies, methods and practices this unordinary moments can be captured.

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Everyday I wake, i wake visually alert. Like an athlete would wake to train I wake and hope that my day will deliver me with things visually attractive/pleasing to photograph. Like all things this does not come without effort which is why I analyse situations and draw on the connotations and denotations which i see in everyday, every minuet scenarios or places. A product of this creative thinking is that i find myself at times zoned out to what the real world is showing me and allow for my photography/camera to be a barrier between real life and my art/photography.

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Over the decades we have seen creativity and the imagination of the people be originally looked down on and punished become what is one of the most important personal traits which is taught at school and explored in lectures today. When looking over history we see how the human mind has used creativity in building, design and problem solving, although because of this use in numerous areas of life creativity itself has also developed, changed and been refined. Art and photography are the prime examples of how the human mind as draw life and creativity together to create and speak through their paintings and photographs. Someone who I find is quiet fascinating with his creativity and talent of photography is Jeff Mermelstein. This video below is a small interview and show of Jeff’s Street work and documentation of the September 11th attack.