Set networked photography project

Now all the writing projects are finished and next up is networked photography. The first set project was to take 10 to 15 photos, which link together, and to have one graphic match and one colour match. My pair Trisha and I decided to photograph same object around the campus, and because we are in Cambridge there is more than enough of bicycles, so we decided to take photos of them. We went to a few different locations and because we both had cameras we could take similar photos of the same surroundings. Taking pictures I realised that bikes are quite photogenic and they all tell a story in a way. Some were recklessly leaning on walls and fences, whilst others had been protectively chained to lamp posts or bike parks. There were brand new and shiny bikes, and muddy or broken ones. Ones with baskets and some without. I had never thought a bike could tell so much even though it’s such a simple and ordinary item. Here is the series of photos we took…

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We both posted the picture series to our tumblr blogs, which we created for the networked image module. Trisha’s is http://trishanetworked.tumblr.com/networkedphotography, and mine is http://johannanetworked.tumblr.com/. I’m happy with how the project turned out, and even though I didn’t expect Trisha to bring her camera along, it was quite nice to be taking photos of the same things rather than handing the camera back and forth. We didn’t exactly plan what kind of photos we were going to take but took a lot of different ones, and then afterwards picked our favourites for the project. Choosing one object to photograph was quite an easy way to link all of them together. We only chose one picture without a bike in it, which is the picture of a battered sign saying ‘no cycles please’. We chose it because it still relates as the sign forbid all the bikes from that particular spot so we didn’t have a bike to photograph. The fact is that somebody would have locked their bike there if the sign wasn’t there, and probably would nevertheless. We have a graphic match of the bike locked on the lamp post, and the one locked on the fence, because the framing is the same. We managed to get a couple of colour matches – the flowers in the basket match the red brakes, and even the red cover on the children’s safety seat. We also have two different bikes of the same shade of blue, even though we didn’t plan it. My favourite photos are the first one, the chunky lock on the blue bike, and the bike leaning on the blue wall. I think Trisha framed the bike leaning on the blue wall really cleverly, and it is one of the most powerful pictures in the series. I love photographing and have my camera out pretty much every day, so I thoroughly enjoyed doing this project, and am pleased with the outcome.