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Digital Photo Documentary class

by Morgan Hall

Of course you can’t get the full experience without the 3D glasses which I will have in class for everyone but if you want to get an early look, click this link to see my online magazine

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Camille Seaman’s “Storm Chaser”

It’s interesting how many adjectives she uses when describing the clouds/ weather in her presentation. Overall her use of language in her presentation is my favorite part. I like how she used the term “Staking” when referring to capturing the super cell clouds. That is kind of what photography is all about, staking and capturing your subject.  The photos really do “Illustrate the interconnection of life.”  It’s interesting that she learned from what it was she was capturing.



I find it funny how she talks about a chunk of ice as being dazzling but I guess you get a different feeling when you actually see one. I like how some of the photos have an odd perspective on them, to the point where you aren’t really sure about just how massive the icebergs are.  Until I saw this video I just thought an iceberg was just an iceberg and nothing more. It’s interesting how she breaks down what an iceberg is in its simplest form and how it provides for people and has been for millennia.  I really like how the colors just pop on out at you.


Chasing Ice

I believe that someone else had brought this up during last weeks class conversation but I like how this film is about proof and capturing things that will never be seen again. I like that James Balog has this mentality of If we don’t have photos or document this then no one will see it. You hear that the glaciers are melting at alarming rates but you don’t really see it. Balog is making you see it. I also like that he admits that he didn’t quite believe that the climate was changing until he shot his photographs and saw it for himself.  I can’t believe how dangerous this trip was. On the surface level it seems crazy to risk you life for a picture but they realized that there was more at stake.

I need to change up a few things because my timeline is slowly dwindling and a few things I set up to photograph came out horrible and my work was heading in a direction I was not liking.

I’m still doing my final project with 3D effects and I’m still doing a CSUSM yearbook-esq theme.  Instead of a book I have changed the format to a Blurb Magazine. I did a cost comparison and figured out that I can do nearly four times as many pages at a larger size for the same cost in a magazine format vs. the smallest book. Plus, I feel that the 3D effect almost fits with a magazine feel instead of a book. Magazine seems experimental, while a book seems clean and classic, which is not very 3D.

I have also decided to change up what I will cover in my magazine. I will still be capturing the many dimensions of CSUSM but in only 3 long sections.  I will break CSUSM down into Athletics, Architecture and Campus Culture. I am dropping the academic section but shortening it and including various aspects of academic in campus culture. I emailed 20 teaches politely asking if I would be able to take pictures during their classes at a date and time covenant for them and only 12 got back to me and 10 said they were uncomfortable with it and didn’t want me disrupting class time.  I understand their reasoning but because of it I need to change a few things.

I watched this two weeks ago and I have already forgot most it. I can see the images of the large ships in my head but I can’t really remember what Burtynsky was saying about them.

I thought the one scene where Burtynsky goes to that small town where the people are picking through the pieces of scrap computer/ tech parts was interesting. I thought that part captured his whole idea about how everything has a relation to everything else and we impact the earth and it comes right back. It was interesting to hear that what these people were doing is illegal and extremely harmful but they do it anyways. Plus as the film detailed, the effects of these electronic materials wash into the rivers and will effect future generations. From what I can remember about Burtynsky’s photographs during this scene is that he mostly focused on children playing in the heaps of the toxic materials. The photographs were shot in a way that looked as if  the kids in them were no different then kids playing at a park.

I think in five years I might remember the photographs of the huge ships. They are the first images I thought of but I just can’t recall their significance at the moment.

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