I am a photo hoarder. I love to travel and I take lots of photos. An average day would yield over a hundred new photos. After observing me snap photos of seemingly mundane things, someone once asked me, “Will you ever look at these photos again?” The answer to that is, “Maybe.” I take photos of things that are interesting to me and I don’t like to delete them, even if their meaning has faded over time. All my photos are archived in an online album, which was set up not only as a cloud back up but as a photo sharing site. This week’s assignments have taken me on a journey of rediscovery of these photos.
Kelli Anderson’s TED Talk, Disruptive Wonders for a Change, was truly inspiring. It challenged our expectations and assumptions of every day things. The video prompted me to look at my own archive of photos to use for this week’s assignments, rather than using ones available on the internet.
The Symmetry video reminded me of a composite I created in January after returning from vacation, to lament the change in temperature and the long East Coast winter. The composite photo is made up of two photos of my footsteps, one on a beach and one on new snow:
I completed the Design Safari assignment during a sunrise photo trek at the Washington D.C. Tidal Basin during the peak of the cherry blossoms. I love doing this photo trek, even if it means getting up at the crack of dawn and trying to find parking. I restrained myself from posting more photos of the cherry blossoms than necessary for the assignment.
I completed the first Design Assignment, using photos as letters, by going on a photo safari through my digital photo album, and picking out photos that not only met the assignment criteria but also represented the word I was designing. By using my own photos, the designed word was more personal.
I completed the second Design Assignment, creating composites of human head and animal body, by using more travel photos. My holiday to southern Africa in 2011 was the most opportunity I have had to date to be exposed to and experience wild animals.
I have to admit that I’m still struggling with an idea to storify. I realized after posting last week’s idea that there is no story left to tell for it; the gorillapod is a well-used tool that does not need storification. I thought of an item on this month’s “To Do” list that I need to complete this week: renewing my vehicle registration. The idea of storifying the vehicle registration process does not align with this week’s theme of animals and flowers, but that’s all I got for now.
I am enjoying reading classmates’ blog posts. This week, I especially liked guessing the movie behind the One Story/Four Icons design assignment. The feedback I’ve received on my posts have been inspiring as well. I get excited when the Comment icon turns orange (indicating new comments), much like the “You Got Mail” notification back in the old days.