As part of the research stage we have been given some examples of documentaries to look at and even an an essay to read titled “The Art of Documentary Practice” where he talks about the art behind making a documentary and different effects and techniques encountered along the way of time by different practitioners. The way the world is being captured by the film maker and photography. He then talks about the differences between the way a documentary-practitioner uses his work to make a difference and based on the social encounters around the world. Whereas the contemporary artist as said in his essay is mostly illustrating the human drama and interpreting the world around him thought creative intelligence and visual interrogation. And then the photographer capturing literal interpretations of the world around.
This essay is a mind opening, as a practitioner it is important to tell the difference between the jobs of a contemporary artist, graphic designer, photographer, film or that of a documentary maker. It is the idea that every one of these artists see the world differently and each one of these techniques are capturing the different parts and meanings of the world around them.
So I started to look up the examples given within our group in order to identify and construct an idea about documentary making and different effects and techniques used.
So here it is a documentary by John Smith The Black Tower (1987) I chose to put this on the blog as I found it very interesting the way he implemented different shots of places, buildings and patterns then gave it a purpose, also through a voice narrative. It brings me back thinking of a project that we did a while back about the animation making and the creation of narratives. Sometimes the image is just to give a visual representation. The importance of perspective and the focus on the narrative is what gives a documentary a sense of purpose, a story. In this case the message is being translated by a voice over but mainly through shadow, time, colour, the sound and movement also. Every image has a narrative of its own, yet the implied narrative by the artist is what gives this documentary a story, an interpretation of the documentary maker’s reality within various pictures, sounds, repeated scenes and patterns of things and his voice tone is what makes this video appealing to me.
This documented animation ‘Feeling My Way’by Jonathan Hodgson shows the life seen through his conscious and unconscious mind at work on a journey to work from his house. This visual representation of his urban encounters works powerfully as a movie collage and animation. It feels almost like you are living through his mind and experience his thoughts which is to me quite fascinating and rather beautifully illustrated too. From human interactions to architecture and sounds it seems to work quite efficiently.
Dziga Vertov also a documentary film-maker of 1920’s has created this documentary that wanted to show and experiment with the power of a movie camera through a political film created in 1924.
Dziga Vertov – The man with the Moving Camera 1929 these two movies both remind me of the movie metropolis 1927. The movie metropolis is a very popular dutch movie created in 1920’s and is mostly know for its powerful images of the future represented at that time through a lot images of a mega futuristic architecture and technology. The movie is also a silent film but it is narrated by actors and dramatic sounds. It is a powerful example on where imagery and sound work together to conveying a tone. The shots were also taken from certain perspectives that makes the movie even more interesting.
Browsing the internet archive for manifestoes I have come across a 2010, 90 minutes movie Manifesto that screens the actor Cate Blanchett impersonating 13 different manifestos from a homelessness manifesto to Suprematism / Constructivism and 11 more. The movie draws on the writings of different movements and is questioning the role of the artists within the society. After watching the movie I feel like there is a lot more to know regarding the exploration of cinematic picturesque images and the way it is seen by different movements and interpreted by people around the world and within different industries as well.
So, I have looked up more examples of manifestoes where I have come across this interesting manifesto about life.
Next, I have found this manifesto Everybody’s Free ( To wear Sunscreen ) Moulin Rouge created this lyrics based on an essay Mary Schmich from 1997 called “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young”.
So, as a group we have explored the map and planned ahead prior to the journey to Pontypridd.
In order to get some ideas of the place we were given a booklet about the history of Pontypridd in the booklet it talks about places like the old bridge, the museum, the Pontypridd canal, the Ynysangharad war memorial park and more also there is a brief history of the place as well.
The term Psycho-geography was invented by the Marxist theorist Guy Debord in 1955 in order to explore this. Inspired by the French nineteenth century poet and writer Charles Baudelaire’s concept of the flâneur – an urban wanderer – Debord suggested playful and inventive ways of navigating the urban environment in order to examine its architecture and space.
As for Psychogeography I have come across different books and articles regarding the theme and different studies. So, I came across this article called “Experience the city: Urban literature which is evaluating the different aspects of the city and the effect that the city has on people and vice versa. Talking about the encounters that do not only change one’s perception of a place but also how people influence the city to change as a result. However, this made me think of the idea of perspective and how one thing seems to be only “a thing” as looked at it from one perspective but what if somehow we manage to create a second perspective of every space around the psychogeographical encounters. Like a building is just a building in the eyes of a street walker but what if that could also be reflected in a way that it becomes something else as well?
So I have thought about the idea of reflection and perspective vision. I have looked at books and articles regarding the idea of perspective vision and reflection and found this journal by Charles H. Carman titled “Meanings of perspective in the Renaissance: Tensions and resolution” where he studies perspectives of different philosophers and artists of the middle ages talking about the differences between “(a) that it seeks relatively successfully to depict the way we see, or (b) that perspective is not so much an
attempt at accurate representation of physical vision as it is a way to establish
significance beyond the evident sense certainty of sight” ( Source at the bottom of the post )
With that in mind I tried to look up different ways to explore the theme of reflection and perspective using photography and film making.
Few good examples of high quality reflection is through water, glasses, windows and mirrors, then we have more natural sources such as light and colours seen through leafs, stones, wood, shells and many more.
Here are a few photographic examples taken by artists worldwide representing the relationship of reflection and shapes. Shapes that are changing and depicting totally different meanings than what is seen through our eyes.
( Source at the bottom of the post )