This is my final audio!
I tried to make it sound as if they were discussing and thinking together, linking certain pieces together that match or even respond to each other. I could achieve this because I asked them the same questions which was helpful and also good to create contrasting opinions.
I chose Thea to start and end the piece and I especially like her last phrase about all the wonderful books and that it is such a waste of time to photograph yourself. I thought to end the piece with quite a strong opinion which leaves the viewer with something to think about.
I divided the piece into two parts – the old and the new – with a gap in the middle which I fill fill with visuals of their selfies (the actual still images) and the snapping sound. This way I’ll introduce the fact that they took selfies and then it starts straight away with their reflection. To have a short break of talking and the selfies coming up on the screen gives the viewer a moment to refocus on a new topic.
The audio covers (in order):
– memory of when the b/w photo was taken
– Judy pointing out that it was always an occasion moving the content from pure memory to a wider context
– John wrapping it up stating that people didn’t take an awful lot of photographs
– Thea saying when she received her first camera, John saying it was an ordinary box camera (which was the case for all three of them)
– Moving on to what they would take photographs of (landscapes, close ups..)
– Judy talking about the excitement of the photographs being developed
– John saying that he got bored with it and had better things to do (army)
– Judy reminiscing more over the surprising outcomes of the photos and how they would worry about their appearance
– Then Thea saying that you wouldn’t take photographs of yourself in those days (leading to selfie topic)
– PAUSE (selfies popping up on screen)
– Them talking about how it made them feel to take a selfie, that it was a horrible experience and they would never do it again
– Wondering why people would do it, how putting photos out on the internet can be dangerous and people can leave cruel replies
– Thinking whether it is a confidence thing or whether it brings reassurance
– John talking about his observations that the youth is immersed into their devices, doesn’t take in surroundings
– Thea saying that there are so many wonderful books out there to read and asking why people would waste time photographing themselves
The narrative covers a lot of things related to photography, showing the changes in technology (developing pictures, waiting for them, anticipation.. and how now everything is instant) and I think it is especially interesting to hear their thoughts about the modern way of self portraiture and how they debate whether it might be dangerous or not and the reasons behind taking selfies. Because they don’t know much about it they just see it from a personal view and maybe also more in a psychological way (confidence, reassurance..) – which is what also research is focusing on, why exactly people do these things and how they are related to narcism.
With the narrative I also wanted to create the contrast between the things they would photograph and how it made them feel back then and the things people photograph now. They are not only pointing the camera towards an object, like the Eiffel Tower for example, but they put themselves in there, making them the center point. Just photographing the object almost doesn’t look like you’ve actually been there if you’re not in the picture.
I also like the fact that the differences between the interviewees shines through, with John being the most “distant” to photography and technology in general, then Thea who is probably the most critical and Judy the most “modern”.
Based on the audio I will also use footage of the computer screen which shows their Facebook profile and follow their thoughts by browsing through their social media and google images. To do this I will use Quicktime player, which records the screen activity as a HD .mp4 which I can insert into the video.