Everybody Street – documentary featuring the greats of street photography

“Why do some photographers go to the street, and other photographers got to the studio?”

Everybody Street is photographer/filmmaker Cheryl Dunn’s upcoming documentary about New York City’s street photographers.

Featuring the greats: Bruce Davidson , Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, and Boogie, with Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

Looking forward to it!

Summary Post

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Shutter Blinks is a representation of my professional online profile – an engaging, intellectual insight of all things photography and globalised communications. The development of Shutter Blinks has highlighted for me the change in how communication is happening. As a result of changes in technologies and cultures – we’ve moved from control media to a participatory media in which we’re all co-existing and influencing one another. The future is sure to hold many surprises for the communications industry.

The testing and trialling out of platforms has involved 3 critical incidents/insights that have helped achieve the outcome desired. The first incident occurred early on when deciding which platforms to adopt in developing my persona. There are a myriad of social media platforms all vying for your attention – I discovered that a successful online presence is aware of the platforms but selective in which it uses and how it uses them. This involves strategizing and working out what a certain platform will be used for. For example, the Shutter Blinks Flickr is less about me uploading my own images and acts more as a source of images for the blog. It’s also proving useful in building an ecosystem of like-minded people within the ‘discussion’ component.

Another critical incident occurred when fretting over what to post. I wasn’t sure how I was going to present a professional but engaging identity concerning the photography discourse. There have definitely been some trial and error posting, and I’ve realised in my case that short conversational posts should be saved for twitter.

A final key insight occurred quite late in my experience. A lecture by John Postill clarified that engagement and response in the twittersphere requires the playing of twitter games. I’ve had some trouble in getting replies from people in a certain hashtag conversation when these conversations have been going on for more than a few hours. It seems I must learn to play the algorithm and jump on trends as soon as they appear.

I’m still learning but I am quickly becoming more and more aware of what a successful online identity requires.

To visit the Shutter Blinks Flavors.me site, click here.

To visit the relevant SlideShare presentation, click here.

NB: this post concerns COMM1107 Assessment 1.

Social Media Personae

With constant blogging, twittering and all things social media over the past few weeks comes a change in my views toward the use of such platforms. At first I was apprehensive, not knowing how I was going to utilize such platforms without compromising professionalism and my integrity. So much of my past experiences with blogs, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter have been tainted with teen angst, false supports of a product or person and ill-informed opinions. I guess it’s the freedom and lack of checks and balances that come with social media, which results in such experiences.

Social media allows us to create enhanced and artificial personae that interact with one another in such a way that can have us believing all the others to be authentic. It’s only once we accept that fabricated realities can and do exist, that we can be critical of what we encounter via social media instead of being uneasy about it.

Any persona you choose to develop on different social media platforms can be professional, legitimate, full of integrity and involve intellectual conversation worth following. We just have to make an active decision to commit to such an identity.

Exhibition Space: Shed Some Light

Exhibition Space: Shed Some Light

This is my first post (in what will hopefully become a series of posts) presenting exhibitions I’ve visited in Melbourne – majority of which will be photography related. I’m amazed at the vibrant and proactive art scene here in Melbourne. … Continue reading

Capturing Cultures: Concepts and Deployments of Culture

ImagePhotograph: Che Parker

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Do the above photographs have something in common?

What are they portraying?

Are they representative of a way of life?

I’d argue they’re a depiction of quintessential ‘Australia’ and the Australian identity – mateship, beach culture and ‘going bush’ (among other things).

A national culture is a discourse – a way of constructing meaning which influences and organises our actions and conceptions. It brings together different classes, genders and ethnicities under ‘one nation’ – emphasising origin, continuity and tradition.

Given Australia’s multiculturalism are we still able to identify with a national culture? Are there traditions and a foundational myth that locates the origins of the nation, our people and our national identity?

Or is it fruitless even considering homogeneity under an ‘Aussie’ banner? Is it better to think about national culture as a discursive device representing differences as unity or identity? Keesing* urges a more reflective and critical use of ‘culture’. He claims that we do ‘violence’ to reality when we specify the ‘culture’ of a place.

This may be true, for you are not born ‘Australian’; it is not in your genes. It is something you identify with and whether you like it or not it involves assumptions regarding a sharedness, boundedness and coherence.

So if you didn’t identify the above photographs as representations of Australian culture, don’t feel so bad…you’ve just didn’t identify the assumptions others feel so passionately about.

* Keesing, RM 1991, ‘Asian Cultures?’, Asian Studies Review, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 43-50

NB: this post is related to the COMM1107 lecture of week 3.

Printed Matter: ‘Dreams of Young Girls’, David Hamilton

Printed Matter: ‘Dreams of Young Girls’, David Hamilton

I stumbled upon this photography book whilst casually perusing my university library and it occurred to me: photographers no longer print photography books in the same way that musicians no longer make albums. I love collecting photography books and I … Continue reading