To see the blog I created as a platform for people to add their comments and ideas about nature go here. The blog has been designed as an ongoing project for me to collect people’s comments and to blog photographs of nature and my own thoughts and ideas. I hope it will become a place where many people can look at the images, and appreciate nature more even if they can’t stop to look at it everyday.
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I used my own narrative and photographs to create my photo-film, and I also used the comments about nature from other people to add to my film. I wanted it to be something that people got together to create, some comments are on my blog, others were given to me on facebook from people who didn’t have WordPress accounts, and some were tweeted at me on twitter. I asked people to give me any comment about nature, a memory, an idea, or something they really enjoy about it. I got given a nice selection of different comments that I could add to my photo-film and to my blog. I couldn’t put all of the comments from people into my photo-film because I wanted to keep some of the images of nature in there too. I wanted it to be a celebration of nature, not just my own, but many people’s from different areas of the internet all coming together thinking about one subject, nature.
I really enjoyed doing this project, and I think it will now be an ongoing project, me collecting the thoughts and ideas from other people, writing them down and creating a book. Once I have enough comments I might even create a one-off handmade book, using wood, leaves and found materials. I did enjoy recording my own story too, it’s going to be a bit embarrassing to show it on Wednesday in class, because im worried people won’t understand the message behind it, but hopefully they will enjoy it.
If I were to start this project again, I would create the blog space for people to join together with their ideas and comments, earlier on in the module so that I could have many different people’s comments ready for the film. But overall I am pleased with how everything went, it was a lot of work but im happy with it.
I ended up using leaf shaped post-its instead of actual leaves, because the conditions outisde destroyed all the usable leaves. I didn’t think using leaves to write on would be that good anyway, because they would only tear or start to disintegrate. The post-its are made of natural paper and I photographed them on a wooden door, so they are both natural. Showing us the nature that we live with everyday but dont notice or appreciate.
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This is my photo-film video telling the life in a day of a leaf. Showing how we dont really notice the nature around us, and dont appreciate it. I want this film to heighten the awarness of nature in people’s minds, and maybe when they go for a walk one day, they will notice the nature they pass.
These are a few of the comments I have received from people at the moment, written down on post-it notes. I chose to use leaf-shaped ones instead of leaves, because I couldn’t get enough leaves that I wanted to use and post-its will last longer. I want this project to be on-going. I photographed them on a wooden table to show that nature is all around us, even if we don’t notice it.
I first started thinking about the direction I wanted my final task to go in straight after the Phonar sound walk that we did at the start of the module. I noticed how blocking out sound or sight can affect how you look at the world, but for me, when I couldn’t hear anything I noticed the nature all around me instead of the cars zooming by. When I was blindfolded I still tried to record birds and the trees rustling in the wind. Nature is just something that inspires me and I wanted to find out what other people think about it and create a hub for their ideas and comments to join with my own photography. I tried to focus on natural subjects for the other phonar tasks, taking photos, recording sounds and creating my photo-films.
My inspiration for this task was what was always around me, I walk through Gosford Green park everyday, and have seen it change from a park full of vivid green leaves on the trees, to a park full of brown leaves on the trees, to the point when all the leaves fell off the trees and stared to blow away. I noticed the leaves and thought about writing people’s comments about nature on them, but after thinking about this more, I realised that the comments juts wouldn’t last if I wrote them on normal leaves, so that’s why I used the leaf-shaped post-its instead.
I am always inspired by nature and this project has let me be able to follow my inspiration further and really create something that I can continue working on for a long time.
My idea for something to go with my photo-film, is asking people to write on leaves any experiences with nature they have, anything they have seen that is beautiful or that might show people who nature is something to be saved. I will dry leaves so they are crisp then give people a marker pen to write on them with, I will then sew the leaves together to create a loose book that will be photographed and put online. This book will be a natural book of memories, something anyone can look through to read about all the beauty around us.
I will be using some of these images of the veins in a leaf in my short video. They really show the beauty that is hidden in a leaf, you have to shine a light through them to see it. The colours remind me of a sunset, when the sun is just disappearing under the horizon and we are left with a yellow-orange colour. I am hoping that these images can showcase the natural beauty we have around us to the viewers of my work.