Enhancing Social Presence through networking .

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On all your pages and social networking sites you should specificly cross link your most popular sites in the heading or details to provide your best sites with slightly more exposure but also giving your lesser known pages some equal attention and likely hit rate . Therefore think about the likely hood of the link being seen and where it is posted according to a viewer who will look at your site or page and also what the chances are from this visbility to if or how they will see it when clicking or stumbling across your page . You want the most visibility and likleyhood of a response  . So if and when some one comes to your page they will most likely notice the link and and chain look through all your sites thus giving them the most exposure and hits .

Facebook

Although I would not recommend facebook and would prefer google plus and twitter , I suppose I use because I feel I have to . It may help in sharing my work and getting minor publicity . So … Use facebook and post images from your own pages with specific targeted keywording and also more rare but precise and subject informed to increase chances of being noticed and noticed by the right people as well as with links to your own websites and published work included in the image , then post them to different groups with lots of members and specific subject matter .

Google Plus

Use google plus and post images from your own page with specific targeted keywording and with links to your own websites and published work included in the image , then post them to different google plus communities with lots of members and specific similar subject matter to gain the most followers and shares thus exposure .

500 px

I Use 500 px for validation and motivation as it is more frequently used by real practicing members of the photographic community . Getting a response on here should mean more than a facebook page as it is uninfluenced by other people and societal constructs or personal barriers so it is a more pure form of recognition in your passion of photography . 500 px has caused people to search for me online regarding work and job opportunitys . I also use it as a visual eye opener to search for works I myself would aspire to . Again Use 500 px with specific targeted keywording and with links to your own websites on your front page and published work included in the show image space .

Twitter

Twitter is good again for getting promoted or valuable publicity online as it has a direct link to the most inspiring and biggest names in your field . It would only take one time at being sought out , seen or recognised by someone with clout to rocket your practice into unknown levels . I see twitter as one of the most valuable ways to get noticed by the right people . Facebook is the last choice ,  if good at all as it comes with the baggage of social barriers and negative constructs of society at your home level , people are not capable of there own susceptiveness on facebook they are like sheep to the alpha . It will be no good until you make it for real if any at all even then . It is all a physchological tool of no use to your career aims at a basic level .

 

Stock

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Getty found out that green images were toxic due to compassion fatigue . People used to just switch off when they saw them . The greens Rachel Carson . Silent spring . They produced green images that worked in the way advertising worked . People buy a commoditie because of desire or wants .it gets you a physical outcome . You buy it because of desire factors or aspiration . Commodity fetishism . Stop producing toxic myths regarding the environment and use new ways of promoting the environment to sell more products . Eg Reinvent the myths . Compassion fatigue . Eg if you see shocking pictures of starving children etc we are shocked at first but eventually we don’t give a shit . This is compassion fatigue . For Getty be understanding of the visual culture and university topics such as scale and place binarys etc . Put your images online and people may buy them .

Image as commodity eg , the image as a raw material to sell . Not many creatives think of their work as a commodity .How do you think about the image for a  specific use as a commoditie . Stock can help us out as a sustainable practice to keep income coming in and thus supporting my practice in between .

Try and enter some images in a stock agency it could make you rich eg the Tim Flash green frog and or the handshake image , find a gap in the market and target it .

With a commodity image the branding and personality has been removed . You need to think what the market needs . The image subscribes to international standards and is needed in the market . This image will fit in your company report . It’s a well thought out and constructed image as a commoditie for the market .

If you are Shooting for stock you have to think …

Analyse sales and try to understand why certain images are selling and others are not .

Who is the client ?

e.g. if shooting for magazines you have to shoot  portrait for front cover shots . If you target a niche magazine on dogs you have to shoot dogs . Think about your audience and target them . People  would buy an animal magazine due to cuteness and their anthropomorphic behaviours eg we would have to shoot to these certain specifications and add them to the commodity . Eg Fluffy eared younger species for a western market . but the German market is far less citified so you have to take this into account , you have to think about who your client is .

 

Or you could shoot for a Calendar . If you shoot for calenders you shoot 2 or 6 . Shoot trees or and image in the different seasons for a Calendar . Birthday cards are a winner with cuteness again and fluffy ears .

Universality

Produce images that transcend cultural difference . Some differences are better than others at this .

Wants list . Grail syndrome

Eg the magpie in a nest is impossible to find so everybody wants this image . Or eg people with a smile at zoos why not ? People don’t smile at zoos , people who go to zoos are ugly , real ugly . Do you ever see the perfect family composition at the zoo . Unless you are being commissioned at a zoo getting this shot is hard to get . But if you are commissioned by a zoo I can license them to the zoo .

 

I need to get real about licensing and copyrighting my work . I make money with photography so therefore be serious about people re using my images . I need to take copyrighting very seriously .

Keywording

How I tag my images on 500 px or my WordPress blog online . Be more efficient with your key wording to discriminate my images from the rest . Eg if you tag frog and sustainable you get less hits and images shown so your image has more chance of standing out . It is better to think more business like than creative to be successful at this . The Tim flash frog image . Tim works with Getty closely and the frog image made him his fortune it has made millions . The Tim flach image transcends cultural barriers . It’s cute . Has a colour clash to draw the eye and stands out a lot . target and feed into my own work in original ways exactly why this image was a successful seller ?

Alamy .

The personality of Alamy images . In the beginning they would take anything to start withand sell it . They are now famed for the breadth of their subjects and are starting to weed out the images that dont sell . Images are now ploughed into philanphropic endeavour . It used to be the place where you put all the images you wasn’t doing anything with . You should engage with stock and sue the above techniques to your advantage .

 

 

 

 

Colin

Homeless after serving his country . Colins first port of call was to help others whilst getting himself back on his feet .

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Heart Of Gold

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The Big Issue ?

Documentary and Portrait Photography

Documentary and Portrait photography and its importance on social/cultural representation and change .

 Photography is a modern language through which I seek to find new ways to express knowledge , representation and communication . Langauge and photography , ( of which photography is its most recent and pure form ) , are both tools of immense power . To find new ways to wield it would be beneficial to the seeker . I have a desire and great empathy for my subjects , thus gaining personal satisfaction from showing deep layers of meaning and truth with an image to instigate social or personal transformation that promotes cultural refinement .

I representing the oppressed .

Our energies should be devoted to constructing photographic texts , which refer to other photographic texts or meta cultural texts at large . The medium as message is dead . Long live the message as medium . G Badger . The Pleasures of Good Photographs p 24 .

* Photography is a modern language and we should be concentrating our efforts on using it as a pure language which deciphers and leads to important cultural evaluation and linguistic transformation .

 Avedons influence on photography and myself has been his great artistic vision , personal message and the significance of portraying it symbolically which was more important than just subject representation . His ability to provoke reaction and make people ask questions is second to none . Avedons intent with the American west was to bring attention to the unusual class of people living in an unknown geographical isolation .

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 Although it’s a dangerous line to tread , as documentary is set firmly in the realms of reality , I still love to mix it creatively with photography as an art form . A photograph as in language has power which is culturally universal with different meta linguistic awareness perceived as a document of truth and reality . The subject and the picture are not the same . there is an imperceptible layer that seperates itself from the actuality . The public believes that the photograph cannot lie .

 Artistic aesthetic is paramount to me as are numerous stratum of personal and culturally significant context . I have always looked for and sought to achieve in my work a perfect and visually pleasing sight that instills self satisfaction with a great latent symbolic meaning . Images have a great tendency and power for their meaning to be interpreted differently and change subjectively over time . I want my images to provoke all these feelings as they do in me whilst swaying peoples opinions now and in the future . Achieving your great previsualisation in a final image is extremely pleasurable .

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  I believe a good photographer with a quick sharp photographers eye can create images containing artistic expressions of themselves , and document realistic representations of the world around them with a valid cultural message . Art and photography should not be thought of as living in separate categorys

 

 One of Barthes great influences in photography is his book Camera Lucida . Particularly guiding to me were his writings on punctum . “ The punctum “ is similar to a lightning bolt manifestation . As if you have been accidently jostled … and unknowingly pricked by a powerful personal force of realisation . The punctum has been especially important in portraiture and for me as a means of self discovery and true subject representation .

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 If it doesn’t always make itself apparent then the viewer will and should almost certainly pursue it in the next image .

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 Ask yourself what do I see ?

what do I know ?

what does it mean to me ?

Does it affect my life ?

 

 The distinctive interpretationally specific singularity of meaning in dialect and photographs is alive with many storys . Language is a powerful tool to be deciphered . There are numerous intertextual connotations that can be shaped by each viewer and this gives rise to the difference in looking and seeing .

  Bruce Gildens style and genre has been a great influence in my own practice . I like the way he accentuates the whole idea regarding the concept of the actual street genre in his shots by capturing the subjects awkwardness and apprehension . He has also intrigued many others with his up close and personal, in your face approach to his subjects .

  I enjoy the thrill you get from street photography and how you can get a more authentic reflection of life in real time as it happens . I push myself to approach who I am drawn to . The photograph is my trophy, my possession or maybe a personal reclamation .

 It also gives you an excuse to meet talk , explore and discover new people and ideas . I frequently diverge to the street as there is always a subject , it is always available to satisfy my cravings for photography and is thriving with the life that I seek to record .  I love the mysteriousness of photography and its function as a real artform . Its many great mediums and their different artistic expressions along with my personal belief of many undiscovered connections to greater ideas . My main love is within its powerful documentary roots and portraiture with its ability to promote change and send widespread or personally relevant messages over time with deep layers of symbolic meta language .

 

Sublime

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Moments

Sun-light shafts breaking out over Windermere shortly after fog and rain today . Viewed from Kirkstone Pass .

Today i have been very lucky to spend time in the lake district .

I travelled to windermere and up kirkstone pass experiencing thick fog and slight rainy conditions . At the top we enjoyed a drink in the kirkstone pass Inn . A very pleasurable and relaxing place in fantastic surroundings. Perfect for a nice long walk and then back to the inn to watch the sunset with a pint and a lengthy talk about the Inns past and its legendary hauntings with the landlord .

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The only problem is that after views like this you don’t want to go home .

Previous Connections

 

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Wherever you are

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for an hour a day

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Every 15 minutes

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Take one photo . Quick and instinctively .

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When you are home try to put them together into a series and think of a narrative . Don’t think about what you are doing too much just use what pops into your head .

A sort of photographic stream of consciousness .

Look back on them every month and try to make connections and links with your work .Use these images to expand your creativity and help you broaden your own ideas and imagination .

Desdemona

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This past few weeks I have frequently been awoken by strange happenings coming from the cellar . It is mainly a noise that i hear , and it is not of any familiar earthly substance . After investigating numerous times I only find it stops or fades as I approach the cellar . Each time I have peered through the keyhole , and thought my eyes deceived me , after noticing a seemingly phantasmal dwindling light which came and went as fast as I blinked , so i put it down to being tired and my mind playing tricks on me .

These eerie occurrences prompted me to set up a voice recorder and my old Pinhole lightbox before I went to sleep . I didn’t expect to come up with anything at all as i am quite a skeptic but …….What i have recorded here has actually made me think twice about staying in this house .

I have named it Desdemona …….