supplies!!!

Posted: September 15, 2011 in random shizz

jim gaga.

Posted: August 23, 2011 in random shizz

otis.

Posted: August 14, 2011 in random shizz

so kanye west and jay-z collaborated to produce an album called “watch the throne”. two of my favourite rappers of all time collaborating? now, they just redefined dopeness. here’s their new music video released a couple of days ago.

watch what’s on their feet
jay-z was rocking air jordan I ‘banned’

and kanye west was rocking air jordan IV

one word: SNEAKERGASM!!!

the facebook peril.

Posted: June 22, 2011 in random shizz

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Un-papa bear.

Posted: November 13, 2010 in random shizz

Reverse colorway of the papa bear dunk high, without the fur. Set to be released next month.

Copping possibility? Fuckyeahhh.

Week 12: Photojournalism

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Visual Journal

Photojournalism can be thought as a hybrid of photography and journalism. It is a form of journalism in the way that how the picture is collected, edited and presented to tell a news story. A good photojournalist can create photos that shake people out of indifference by portraying the window of reality.

Photography’s specific attributes – its materiality, ease of access, frozen capture of time, an affective and often gestalt-driven view of the world that is thought to bypass the intellect and communicate directly with the emotions – help shape its power (Zelizer, 2005)

In the digital age, to take sharp and quality photographs is not a problem. Moreover,  the photos can now be edited digitally in the ‘electronic dark room’ to alter its colors and contrast to make the subject clearer. However, due to this fact itself makes it an issue. The ethics of a photo in photojournalism is questionable because according to Warburton (1998) ” with the new technology, so the argument goes, a new relationship between object, image and viewer is set up, and so the conventions surrounding photographic image production and reception must be transformed accordingly”. Thus, as real as the photo gets, we should not take things for granted because we may have forgotten the practice of how photographs are used  to accompany a story especially in the news. The media does not always produce truths. Most of them are distorted in such a way to influence how the audience interprets it.

For example below, we can see the digital retouching of the photo where the woman was cropped out of the picture. Visually, both pictures create different impacts. In the original photo what can be seen is Obama having a conversation with a woman and whereas the edited picture depicted a different reality. It looks as if Obama was distressed because of the oil spill but in actuality, the photojournalist edited the photo digitally to illustrate that message. It is considered as unethical photojournalism because what the photojournalist did was inventing a reality to fit in the picture with the story.

There was also an issue of changing the colors in the photograph to influence its meaning. For example, on July 27 1994 a photograph of the mug-shot of OJ Simpson appeared on the cover of both Newsweek and Time Magazine. The Time cover was darkened which gave the accused a more menacing look. OJ Simpson was still on trial but not convicted yet for murdering his ex-wife and her lover at the time of the printing of the two covers. But Time magazine’s picture seemed to assume that he was guilty and influence the readers to that idea.

According to Warburton (1998), photojournalist’s images must have meaning in virtue of 3 aspects:
1) what they are of, in the sense of what caused them;
2) what they look to be of;
3) how they are used in a particular context.

Ethics of photography do not just apply to the news, for example the ad by Ralph Lauren last year sparked an outrage to many societies especially from a female’s standpoint. In the photo of the ad, the photo of the model, Filippa Hamilton was heavily retouched to the extent that it looked less humane. The discourse of fashion introduced by Ralph Lauren was slammed by their unrealistic idea of what is beautiful. Do they really have to be abnormally thin to look beauty? Take a look at the picture below, the one on top is  the photo of the ad and below it is the picture of the model in her real figure. There’s just no way that her pelvis is smaller than her head.

The critique here is that women must be armed with a tool to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image because evidently that is what is conveyed through this “photo illustration” by Ralph Lauren.

In conclusion, there are limits to how far the photos can be edited in photojournalism. Minor adjustments to colors and contrasts, cropping, captioning and burning in important details may still be acceptable as long as the message does not change. On the contrary, editing and distorting the main subject (doctoring an image) to deceive the public’s perception of reality is considered unethical. There are many people involved in the newsroom and the editors must trust their subordinates to act in faith and to make sure that the photograph on the page is not fabricated.

References

Zelizer, B. (2005). Journalism through the camera’s eyes. In Allan, S. (ed.), Journalism: Critical issues (pp. 167-176). Berkshire: Open University Press.

Warburton, N. (1998). Electrical photojournalism in the age of the electronic darkroom. In Kieran, M. (ed.), Media ethics (pp.123-134). London: Routledge.

Week 11: Information Graphics

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Visual Journal

Information graphics are simply visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Most people find raw data such as numbers boring and meaningless, this is where information graphics play they role in getting these people’s attention. To make the information as interesting as possible, visual elements are usually included. The key ingredient of an information graphic is its simplicity and the use of graphics help people to understand what is being represented quickly without prior background knowledge of it. Summed up by Pettersson, “Information graphics provide the reader with a rapid and easily grasped overall view of a message and are therefore highly suitable as an introduction to and summary of a subject.” (Pettersson, 1993, p. 173). With the use of computer technology, enormous numbers can of information graphics can be produced at ease by the graphic designers.

Let’s take a look at some interesting and creative infographs;

and now one of the worst infographics (click to view larger);

But surprisingly, this graph actually won the Malofiej-award as the best graphic produced in the year 2008. It may be a matter of opinion and to me, it is one of the worst infographics because if the reader has to spend ages trying to work out what the graphic is telling them then the graphic has failed. Information can be beautiful and creative but it has to be accessible too.

Lester mentioned Tufte in his book titled “Visual Communication: Images with messages” and it says that a high quality infographic should;
1. have an important message to commmunicate,
2. convey information in a clear, precise, and efficient manner,
3. never insult the intelligence of readers or viewers, and
4. always tell the truth.
(Lester, 1995)

When looking at the long graph by the new york times, i feel the sense of immediacy is lost and it looks like something i have to analyze for hours before getting the idea. Further, this graph is not really accurate. When you look even closer to the graph, and compare it with a traditional barchart you’ll notice that the areas for each week simply aren’t correct.

And, When you choose to show something symmetrically you give your readers a hard time deciphering the actual happenings. And lastly I do not get the message of this infograph, if I want to see the total box office earnings from this graph I am left in the dark. Thus, this infograph is a perfect example of an infograph that doesn’t follow the ‘ethics’ of a good infograph. I don’t know about you, but I lost interest in about 5 seconds when trying to read the graph the first time.

In conclusion, it is clear that because of advances in technology, animated graphics will increasingly replace static depictions for providing information about dynamic information. However, this does not necessarily mean that these more direct representations of dynamics (like the steam graph) will be more effective for users. In order to present dynamic information effectively, animations must be well designed and properly supported.

References

Lester, P.M. (1995). Information Graphics. Visual communication: Images with messages (pp. 187-211). California: Wadsworth Publishing.

Pettersson, R. (2002). Information Design. An Introduction. United States of America: John Benjamins Publishing Company.