Today we were tasked with planning and developing our assignments further. I managed to get my list article Liverpool’s Top 10 Christmas Charms 2011 completely finished and submitted last week, so I have been able to concentrate on work for other modules. I was really happy with what I managed to achieve in such horrendous weather and came out with some fairly decent photos of Liverpool’s festive treats, which included Christmas markets, Paul McCartney, and plenty of shopping.
As the list article assignment is out of the way, I’ve been able to concentrate solely on my case study. I’ve come to a final decision on the title and have decided to go with ‘From Apple to Aardvark: An overview of the life and work of Andrew Zuckerman’. I think it expresses exactly what I am aiming present – a brief biography of where Zuckerman came from, what he has achieved, and the photographs he has created in doing so.
Below is some research consisting of links, photos and videos I have collected today, which will help me to put together a strong article.
http://www.photographymonthly.com/Tips-and-Techniques/Pro-Zone/Andrew-Zuckerman-Graphic-Portraiture Magazine/website article
http://vimeo.com/19755808 Andrew Zuckerman Creative Mornings presentation
http://www.thefstopmag.com/?p=309 Interview in a magazine
I’m happy with what I’ve managed to put together in today’s class. I’ve collated some really useful resources that will make up the basis of my article, and I now need to crack on with writing and designing it.
So, your Christmas tree is up, you’ve sent all of your Christmas cards and you just can’t figure out what to do next? Here are 10 festive treats Liverpool has to offer you this Christmas.
Christmas is the time for joy and giving, but somehow we still seem to end up running around like headless turkeys and locking antlers over that one remaining super-toy that every child must have. If it’s not the kids then it’s the bumbling, drunk uncle dancing a jig and squawking his way through the annual Christmas playlist. Wouldn’t it be better if we could all just take the night off and enjoy some real Christmas cheer?
Liverpool has a packed winter calendar, so finding something to suit your tastes will be easy! How about a festive four course feast, a cup of tea with the Mad Hatter or a serenading from Paul McCartney? This Christmas list will help make your winter that extra bit warmer.
1. Christmas Lights
On November 9th Liverpool’s Christmas lights were unveiled by 2010 X-Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson with an aptly dazzling show. Visit the city’s sparkling Christmas tree on Church Street and follow the lights as they lead you around the streets on a tour of some Europe’s best shopping.
2. Moroccan Market of Handicraft
Head down to Whitechapel, next to the Met Quarter where you can experience some of the traditional arts and crafts of Morocco. A stunning range of products made by Moroccan artisans are available, such as handmade rugs, clothes, pottery and even herbs and spices.
Whitechapel, 9am-Late everyday. 24th Nov-22nd Dec.
3. Boutique Shopping at Met Quarter
Liverpool’s Met Quarter is the perfect place to pick up that extra special gift. Showcasing high quality brands, like Illamasqua, Links London, Hugo Boss and a brand new Jack Wills store it’s great if you have a bit of extra cash lying around.
Whitechapel, open everyday with 7pm closing on Thursdays.
4. Christmas Markets and Stalls
What better way to spend a chilly winter’s evening than cruising through twinkling streets, tasting all the Christmas goodies on offer. A variety of cultural markets, stalls and tents from across the world are stocked with treats and stocking fillers aplenty
Lord St, Church St, Whitechapel, Paradise St.
5. Christmas in the Park
Check out the enchanting array of attractions atop of Chevasse park in the Liverpool One complex. Visit Santa’s Grotto in the Ice Palace and enjoy some ice skating before warming yourself with a mince pie and hot cocktail in the Polar Bar.
Chevasse Park, Liverpool One. Nov 9th-Dec 24th.
6. Shopping at Liverpool One
Liverpool One, as the UK’s largest open-air shopping centre, has everything you could possibly want this Christmas, whether for yourself or that special someone. Be sure to pick up something unique for Christmas dinner at the Harvey Nichols pop-up food market.
Open 9am-9pm weekdays, 8pm Sat & 5pm Sun.
7. Christmas Dinner at Alma de Cuba
Where better to eat Christmas dinner than in an old Catholic Church adorned with a floor to ceiling mirror and chandeliers made from antlers. It really has to be seen to be believed. Keep an eye out for the petal shower and Brazilian dancers. Book early not to miss out!
Prices between £30.95-£34.95.
8. Alice In Wonderland at Tate Liverpool
Take a journey into the obscure and twisted world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Tate Liverpool hosts a selection of artworks by Carroll and several inspired pieces ranging from pop art to psychedelia. You’ll see stunning pieces from renowned artists such as Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.
Nov 4th – Jan 29th.
9. Albert Dock
Enjoy a day out at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Start with a trip around the Beatles Museum before taking in the city’s top sights with Santa on the Yellow Duckmarine. Continue into the evening with a meal at Portico or Gusto before enjoying a few cocktails at Circo and a mulled wine at Vinea.
10. Paul McCartney at the Echo Arena
Paul McCartney brings his spectacular show ‘On The Run’ to a finale in his home town at the Liverpool Echo Arena. The 11 date tour has spanned the entire globe, with shows in Peru, Brazil, New York and now Liverpool. Bring the year to a close in style at this fantastic show.
Hospitality tickets £219 per person.
After debating between Christmas foods and Christmas attractions and considering the resources available to me, I have decided to base my list article on things to do in Liverpool this Christmas.
As for the title, I have been playing around with a few ideas:
Liverpool’s Top 10 Christmas Attractions
Liverpool’s Top 10 Winter Warmers
Liverpool’s Top 10 Winter Attractions
Liverpool’s Top 10 Christmas Charms 2011 – I chose this as my title as it stood out to me as being poetic, yet specific, and definitely the most catchy of the bunch.
- Albert Dock (shopping, food/drink, nightlife)
- Christmas Markets (various around the city)
- Art Galleries/Museums (open eye gallery, tate, williamson art gallery, museum of liverpool)
- Theatres (empire, royal court, philharmonic)
- Shopping (cavern walks, bold st, liverpool one, met quarter)
- Christmas Decorations/Activities (ice skating, ice bar, fair, reindeer, lights at albert hall/all streets, craft activities clayton square)
- Restaurants (il forno, alma de cuba, the noble house)
After returning from photographing as many of the above researched attractions as I could, I am now selecting the best attractions to go in to my top ten. I found the trip fairly hassle free, with the only real problem being a challenging gale-force wind and rain combo. That said, I think I’ve managed to get some pretty decent images and I’m looking forward to seeing them with put together with some text.
Here is my finished list article – Liverpool’s Top 10 Christmas Charms 2011
During today’s class we reviewed what we need to hand-in for both modules and recapped where we are individually regarding our assignments. I briefly spoke to Karl and clarified my ideas about the work I am yet to do on my list article and case-study pieces.
I now feel more comfortable about what is required for the list article assignment and have a good set of ideas, which I can start improving and setting out as a rough plan. At the moment, I am thinking of creating a list article along the lines of favourite festive foods or drinks, or attractions featuring in Liverpool this Christmas. This will inevitably develop depending on what I can achieve through my photography over the next few days, as we are required to illustrate the article with our own images.
As mentioned here in week 7, I have been looking at the work of Andrew Zuckerman recently and intend to create my case-study piece on him and his work. The layout will be a double-page magazine article profiling him by showing some of his images and talking about his past, present and future (if possible) works. I shall be researching relevant, and similar, articles for a better understanding of what content and layout I should be looking to include.
I am happy with how beneficial today’s class was for an informal session. I now have a much better idea of what I need to get on with and where I need to start.
Today’s class was focussed on preparing us for our case study assignment, which is due in after the Christmas break. We are required to create a 1200 word case study on fashion, advertising or portrait photographs and use InDesign to create a double-page article, which will house our case study. We’ll be able to illustrate the piece by adding relevant photographs and laying it out creatively, by using the tips we picked up in the Image and Text Layouts and Breaking the Grid tasks.
The case study will essentially be an analytical look at a collection of findings from a particular subject area. These findings can either be presented and examined academically or journalistically. If the approach is more journalistic, then the format will be slightly different and will follow the typical feature article format, as shown below.
…..//Images (used as illustration throughout)//
Taking into consideration what we had looked at in our class, I then came up with some possible ideas for my case study and started developing them. I already knew that I wanted to base my article on photographer Andrew Zuckerman, so I thought about the different ways I could shape my thoughts on his work into a 1200 word article. Here are a selection of my better case study title ideas:
From Apple to Aardvark: An overview of the photography of Andrew Zuckerman.
The Perfect Portrait: How shooting for Vogue shaped Andrew Zuckerman’s trademark look.
A Man With Ideas: How Andrew Zuckerman went from cleaning darkrooms to defining wisdom.
I’m glad I’ve had the chance to think further about my ideas, and with a bit of work I’m sure I’ll come up with a solid plan as to where I want to go with my case study. Now I have a solid base to work from I’ll concentrate on fleshing out the article into the word count and studying the areas, which I think are important. I’m happy I’ve now started and am looking forward to getting back into InDesign to create something sleek and interesting.
As a side-note to this class we were also notified about the new layout of the list articles due to a change in how WordPress deals with slideshows.
In today’s Digital Journalism class we explored aspects of curating social media and news sources. Curating and archiving online news and social media is important because it is highly transient, which means that it can be modified, moved or deleted very quickly, making it difficult to track after the date it is first viewed. A key tool for curating social media sites, such as Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo and Instagram, is the website Storify. Using this tool you can search through recent activity on many social media sites, search engines and news sites to find out what is being published or said about a subject in real-time. Storify seems to be an incredibly powerful tool for curating information, with its simple drag and drop feature and impressive number of integrated sources. Obviously there are pitfalls and it could be improved with a more accurate search tool, but as long as I follow a few tips like these by Girl Journalist, then my two week long news story curation piece should go well.
During the class I was tasked with creating a short curation piece on a current news story to get to grips with Storify. You can see my piece on the protests in Tahir Square, Egypt here. I feel happy with how the class went and the work I have created. The main difficulty was ensuring that the items I was selecting were the most recent and up-to-date. I also found that Twitter was the best integrated into Storify, whereas Facebook would not return very accurate or reliable search results. The same goes for Instagram, which would only allow a one word search, making it very difficult to return accurate results. Another big problem which I faced, and will no doubt face during my big curation piece is copyright on images. I found it easy to find relevant images, but almost impossible to find relevant images with a creative commons licence. Other than these issues, I feel that I have ended up with some decent and informative results.
During today’s classes we reviewed our first couple of months through a short one-on-one meeting with Karl. We looked at how our blogs are progressing and what we need to do to improve them for hand-in in December. I felt that my meeting went well. I know what I have to get finished and in which areas I need to improve to bump up my provisional mark of 62 to something more in the range of a First or at very least a 2:1. I will be working on improving the structure and layout of my blog by changing the theme and adding Flickr and Twitter connectivity. I will also start adding inspiration and research pieces, such as photographs, artworks, videos and music. The aim of this is to make my blog more interesting and interactive. I am happy with my provisional mark seeing as though I have a fair number of improvements to make. When I finally submit my blog for marking I intend it to be a strong online journal, which is informative, interesting and personal.
In the second half of our class we looked at what will be required for the two upcoming assignments and we started to plan these projects. I chose to focus more on my case-study piece and my initial thoughts are to base this around the intriguing portraiture of either Andrew Zuckerman or Mark Laita – two photographers who have created stunning studio works of plants, animals and people. The images to the right are from Zuckerman’s ‘Bird’ and the image at the bottom is from Laita’s ‘Sea’.
During my time today, and whilst looking further at the works of these photographers, I have been thinking about my strengths and where I want to focus my own photography. I would really like to create a case-study feature in an area that will benefit me as a photographer as well as a student. For this reason, I am leaning more towards a feature on Andrew Zuckerman, as the breadth of his work (subjects, genres and media types) gives me a greater scope for creating an educational and stylish magazine-look article.
I am happy with today’s session and feel that I now have much more clarity with respect to my progress, and also with what I need to improve. The initial plans I have for my case-study are a good foundation to work from and I believe I can come up with something a little bit different to what everyone else will be creating. Overall, today’s class has been very productive.
During today’s Digital Journalism class we have explored how we can utilise the power of Twitter as a social media tool. Twitter is a platform for sending information out instantaneously. News and information can therefore be sent out as soon as it is received or created. It’s great for tracking thought trends (local and worldwide) and filtering content by using search terms or the hashtag feature (#keyword). We’ve also briefly looked at tools, such as tweetdeck and hootsuite, which are useful for arranging your Twitter and twitscoop for finding hot topics.
A Twitter user can select who to ‘follow’, and they will then see ‘tweets’ (posts) from this person in their timeline. As a photographer and digital journalist I have chosen to follow a variety of news, media, technology and photography orientated ‘tweeters’ (posters). Here is a list of a few these posters I have chosen to follow:
Maria Popova @brainpicker – Editor of brain pickings blog.
Vincent Laforet @vincentlaforet – Photographer, director and film-maker.
BBC News (World) @BBCWorld – World news.
Open Eye Gallery @OpenEyeGallery – Liverpool-based photography/art gallery.
Image Deconstructed @ImageDconstruct – Blog, which deconstructs images.
Andrew Zuckerman @zuckermanstudio – Pro photographer.
BJPhoto – 1854 @1854 – British Journal of Photography.
Photojournalismlinks @photojournalism – Photojournalism-specific tweets.
Reuters Pictures @reuterspictures – Reuters photojournalism agency.
World Press Photo @WorldPressPhoto – Photojournalism foundation.
National Geographic @NatGeoPhotos – National Geographic’s photos.
Twitter is also a great platform for keeping in touch with friends, finding out what footballers from your team are up to, or seeing what your favourite comedians have to say. I’ve been a Twitter user for a while and despite not tweeting that much, I find I check it almost daily, so I can keep up to date with what’s going on my world.
I have enjoyed looking into Twitter in more detail and have managed to find a few more interesting posters to follow. I’m happy with what I have got out of this class and feel that making greater use of this social media tool in the future will be key to getting my photography ‘out there’ and advancing my career and subject knowledge.