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BCM 325 Future Cultures Beta

Welcome to my Beta report on The Future Of Photography:

  • You can see my operational DA here

I have realised I need to make some changes to my DA due to the lack of feedback/traction I have received. Before handing in the final version of this project I need to add the video element that I may be doing collaborative effort with another member of this class. I think this could be really exciting to work with another person. If not I want to condense all my information and create an exciting upbeat video perhaps with a voice-over. This video will allow me to reach new audiences on the social channels of my own such as Instagram and Facebook. The followers I have on these platforms I know are interested in photography.

Some key points to add to my DA in the next couple of weeks:

  • I need a video element.
  • I need to condense my information
  • I need to expand my potential audiences in things like Flickr, 500px and photography blogs.
  • I need to make this information more interesting because it’s not even interesting to me!
  • I need to relate it back to the subject lectures. I think the idea of photographers becoming cyborgs would be something interesting to unpack.
  • I need to find some quality academic articles to base my ideas for the future off.

9 thoughts on “BCM 325 Future Cultures Beta”

  1. Hi Bodhi, first of all sorry that you didn’t get any feedback on your project pitch from us! I can imagine that would be really unhelpful.

    What stood out for me in your pitch is your ability to recognise when something is not working. And, although you identify this as being ‘unsuccessful’ it’s important to remember that no feedback is still feedback. It’s how you respond to these challenges that will iterate your DA, not the suggestions that others make.

    Regarding the issue of people not wanting to leave Facebook to read your blog – could you record yourself reading out your blog post and turn this into a video, so that the audience that you’ve established there can consume the information that way? s this is the format that your collaborative video could take.

    You also identified the problem of making your information interesting. And, I would respond to this with: find your niche. Although I agree that academic content, if not delivered properly can be really unengaging, there are many ways to make this information interesting. For example, you could take what you learn in a research article and relay it in a more colloquial manner in a fast-paced video format (similar to John Green’s widely successful Crash Course series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc5zUK2MKNY).

    I really love the idea of the future of photography, as it strongly resonates with the subject content, specifically cyborgs. One project you may be interested in is the work of Matthieu Gafsou who proposes that we are all cyborgs and questions the relationship between human bodies and technology: https://aperture.org/blog/cyborgs-matthieu-gafsou/. And, in terms of academic research, you are right: you may have to look into the theories that exist surrounding cyborgs (such as: Donna Haraway’s ‘A Cyborg Manifesto’ https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/fictionnownarrativemediaandtheoryinthe21stcentury/manifestly_haraway_—-_a_cyborg_manifesto_science_technology_and_socialist-feminism_in_the_….pdf) and combine this with media research about where photography technology is heading in the short, medium and long-term. From here, you could draw your own conclusions and present a hypothesis. This could be a really cool project! Good luck.

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  2. Hi Bodhi! I commend you for crafting a DA around a subject that really relates to you and your own future! I had a look for some academic articles for the future of photography and I couldn’t find any which talked explicitly about this concept. So you might need to get a bit creative.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/11/even-bugs-will-be-bugged/501113/ This source talks about how its possible that soon even bugs could be ‘bugged’ and that with advancing technology cameras are getting smaller and seemingly invisible. Perhaps you should explore these sorts of technologies and their impact on the photography world. For example imagine how easy it would be for paparazzi to take photos using a camera disguised as a bug or imagine how they could be used for event photography/videography. You may have to take a futurists role yourself and ideate some of the possibilities these technologies could have – the good and the bad.

    I thought it was interesting that you mentioned photographers as cyborgs – in a way they already are with their cameras acting as their eyes. Of course you could take this a step further – for example smart glasses with the ability to take photos already exist. Will the next steps in this sort of technology be a robotic eyeball which is implanted with the ability to take photos? Would this make everyone a photographer and how would this effect your field? Or is this even ethical? By using technology such as smart glasses as a point of reference you can pretty accurately predict what some of the reactions would be to future iterations of these wearable (or implantable) devices capable of photography. This source (shorturl.at/nzJW8) talks about some of the ethical implications of smart glasses – the same issues fo privacy and the ability to record people discreetly would still exist in future iterations of this technology.

    With these sorts of developments photographers could use the technology as an extension of themselves like McLuhan sets out in ‘Understanding Media, The extensions of men’ (https://designopendata.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/understanding-media-mcluhan.pdf). From here you can begin to see people within this field becoming fundamentally intertwined with their technology which in turn makes them cyborgs. Donna Harraway (shorturl.at/cnBQ5) in A Cyborg Manifesto talks about this convergence between man and technology making humans indistinguishable from cyborgs, you could highlight this when talking about the possible futures of photography. This would allow you to incorporate both lecture content and have better access to academic articles.

    I think you have a great understanding of where your DA is falling short and where you are doing well so my only advice here is to keep experimenting and seeing what works. You must find your content even somewhat interesting yourself in order for others to want to read it – perhaps getting more creative and thinking about possible future technologies which don’t even exist yet could make it more interesting for you to write about. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Hey Bodhi!
    I think you do have a really interesting DA here! I think you can include some really interesting case studies into your DA. For example, in my DA I’ve touched on the possibility of cameras and AI, which score bodyboarding competitions. Another thing I included in my DA was the invention of cameras which are set up and film a surfers every wave.
    I think something you could discuss the future of photography in terms of why we would still need a person standing behind the lens? A lot of these ideas lead towards artificial intelligence, so maybe you could find a facebook group of photographers and share a post about how you can protect and continue the career of photographers, due to the threat of technology taking over. Another thing you could do is ask “if you could invent one thing to help you with photography, what would it be?”. This may help you to generate ideas and suggestions for the future, on what is needed.
    Throughout my peer comments I often refer to a quote I found in the lecture, where Eleonora Masini discusses that the future “must be linked to a social responsibility and to ethical values”. This is something that you can really rely on in your DA to try and gain more feedback, as well as produce recommendations for the future. I think ethical values can support the future of photography as a career, as it brings in the concern of surveillance.

    “There is a widespread panic that photography won’t exist because alt the photojournalists are shooting high-definition video and pulling photos from that,”
    This source written by Evan Lerner in 2011 is called the “Future of Photography” which focuses on some case studies of photographers and their approach to the future of their career. (I’ve attached the reference below)

    This source shows 10 predictions for the future of photography. Maybe you could share this source to Reddit and ask what others thoughts are on this?
    https://petapixel.com/2017/08/18/10-predictions-future-photography/

    When you look into the history of photography, it might be interesting for you to also draw back on the new craze of polaroids and old film cameras. As stated by Wendell Bell, “the past is not a guide to the future”. However, being aware of this return to vintage cameras may also appear in the future.

    References
    Lerner, E. (2011) ‘The Future of Photography’, Print, 65(2), p. 106. Available at: https://search-ebscohost-com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=59216355&site=eds-live (Accessed: 21 May 2020).

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