Well, its sort of photo-related so I guess I’d best make mention of it here.
So, it was like this see…
Coupla mates and I have been nattering on and off for, oh, I don’t know how long, about how increasingly difficult it is for pro photographers to earn a crust.
All sorts of reasons for this of course, none of which I intend to explore in depth. Or even in shallow for that matter.
Anyway, upshot of all these chats has been the development of the notion of “repackaging”, whereby photographs per se could be presented as a part of, or one element of, something else. (Various other ideas have also been mooted, but this is the one that’s immediately relevant to this ‘ere post.)
And part of that could be , for example, some sort of slideshow consisting of video and stills combined… or even stills on their own.
Well, my views on video (from the production side at least) should be fairly well known by now.
In a word (or four actually)… “you’ve gotta be joking!”
Nope. The idea of producing video… of any sort, size, or description… simply leaves me cold. Not a bloody chance! (Bit strange really, considering I now have two videocams. Hmm)
However, cos I’m fairly well-known for shooting me mouth off and then thinking about things afterwards, I had a thunk. Didn’t come to much though. But when does it ever?
Until the other day.
Waking from the deepest slumber an image popped into my head. An image of a pic I’d taken, oh, a few weeks back. And never actually used. Sort of dismissed in fact. Cos it looked pretty boring. And was a fairly naff photo as well (nothing changed there then!).
But there must have been something about it that was quite striking. Cos here it now was, pestering the old grey cells and calling to mind other images… images of certain periods in the past, and of certain prophetic books.
So, laying there in a half dozy state I assembled in my mind a whole sequence of other images (from pics I already have), around this central one.
And before too long it began to dawn on me that what I could have here was maybe the theme for some sort of stills slideshow. Well, bugger me!
Didn’t have a clue how (or indeed if) it would work in practise, or even what I might have to do to the selected images in order to help create the right “feel” (and undoubtedly I’d have to “do” something), but thought it was worth having a bash.
At the very worst it could only turn out to be a complete screw-up and total waste of time.
Well, not completely a waste cos hopefully I will have learned something in the doing thereof.
On the other hand, knowing me, I probably won’t have done.
Anyway, cutting what’s beginning to be a very long story short, I decided to give it a go.
A test run if you like. An experiment. A prototype. Or a “proof of concept”. Or something. With the final result uploaded to that good old standby YouTube and, for your entertainment (of the mickey-taking variety I wouldn’t be at all surprised), embedded hereunder.
The clip’s entitled “London 2009”, with a sort of subtitle of “No Narrative Needed”.
And before anyone says anything, yes, the pics are meant to be dark and fairly crappy!