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P6 – Final Project

 

For my 6th and final project of the quarter for this class, I have decided to make a video about my travels around the world.

 

I was inspired to make this video because I am someone who is very keen on travelling, as I believe that it is a very important part of life. First of all, the traveller experiences something other than what they are used to. Getting out of ones comfort zone is important because it forces you to keep an open mind. You will certainly run into situations that you have never experienced before and learn how to deal with things differently than you are used to.

 

Ultimately it makes you a better person, who is more open to the world around you and more accepting of all the different circumstances of life. I encourage people to travel as much as possible because it will open peoples minds in ways never believed possible; there is a lot of self discovery involved in the process as well, and it is interesting to see how you may handle different situations. The world is a vast place and there is so much to see and therefore I believed it to be important to show what is possible.

And to finish it off with an inspirational quote…

“Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless, and don’t be sorry.”

 

– Jack Kerouac

X4 Informational Interview

 

_H6Q5477_H6Q5336For my 4th class exercise, I have decided to complete an informational interview with a professional in a field of media arts that I find very interesting.

 

I have always been interested in photography, and this is what has drawn me to taking the ‘Intro to Media Arts’ class this term. Therefore, I appropriately elected to nominate a photographer from my hometown to participate in my interview; Claudia Albuquerque.

 

I have known this photographer for a long while as she has previously taken photos of my family and I, in the form of portraits or even group family photos in various environments. Having known her made the process of requesting the interview more manageable. The most difficult obstacle to my interview was the fact that she lives overseas, but was gracious enough to agree to a Skype video call in order to accomplish this task.

 

Due to the fact that we were familiar with each other, the interview started out very comfortably, simply catching up with each other. Once that initial stage was done, we were ready to begin the real questions.

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I proceeded to asking her more detailed questions about her involvement in photography throughout her life, and what lead her to that point of deciding to become a full time photographer. Funnily enough, she reported to me that at a younger age she was not as interested as one might have thought. She confessed that she had, in fact, not taken many photography or media arts classes throughout her schooling life; being much more involved in the business world initially, going for a business degree. Although, in her words, she “was constantly drawn to the more creative side of life, there was always something that caught my eye, leaving me with a feeling of awe, and a desire to capture that moment forever”. I suppose through that feeling, she always somehow felt incomplete because she was more focused on something else. Interestingly, that sparked a feeling for me as well, as I have always been interested in the arts but never took the time to pursue it until now.

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We discussed these ideas and similarities that I felt we have. She did confirm for me, however, that her business education was “invaluable” for her photography career as it enabled her to actually create her own photography company and work as a freelancer, giving her more freedom than she would have had anywhere else. She urged me to continue taking business classes as well, as they would serve me very well no matter what field I decided to pursue.

 

We conversed about various aspects of her style of photography and the different tools she used to complete her work. However, the fact that I knew her meant that I was familiar with her style of work and therefore did not need to go into too much detail into that. Once I realized the similarities between us, I felt very interested in her mental process leading up to that point and how she went about modifying her mindset; this is because of my similar state of mind, a feeling of being at a cross road in life and needing to chose a path.

 

I found this exercise to be surprisingly enlightening. I was not expecting the interview to prompt a feeling that allowed me to properly question my own mindset and path that I am pursuing in life. I was slightly astonished at myself, but was happy to see that I started thinking in a different way following this interview.

 

I would like to thank Claudia Albuquerque for her agreement in participating in this interview and enabling me to view things in a way that I had not been able to before.

*(THE PICTURES INCLUDED ARE EXAMPLES OF WORK DONE BY CLAUDIA ALBUQUERQUE)*

 

 

P4 Audio – THE KID AND THE WOLF

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P4 Audio – The Kid and the Wolf

 

For my 4th project, the class graduated to an audio project, that involved work with audio in general, as well as the platform called Audacity that enables people to work with their recording and edit audio.

 

We had several options to choose from when deciding what exact audio format we would be using, such as creating a digital story, using a fable and incorporating sound effects, or even creating a Radio advertisement.

 

I decided to go for the fable option. I picked a fable that I enjoyed from Aesop’s Fables, named ‘The Kid and the Wolf’, and read it myself while recording. At first, I had recorded with the built in microphone of my computer but quickly realized the amount of other unwanted sounds that could be heard in the background. Luckily, I was able to borrow a Snowball Microphone from the Media Arts Lab and recorded using that.

 

At first I found it very difficult to listen to my own voice, it just sounded weird. However, I did get adjusted relatively quickly as I started playing around with different effects available for use on Audacity. I found it very amusing to mess around with the pitch of my voice and therefore I did incorporate those effects in various parts of the recording.

 

Using freesound.org, I signed up for an account and was able to use various different sound effects that would compliment my story and gives a stronger effect to the story. I played around for hours and hours trying out all sorts of effects that could go in different places.

 

I enjoyed learning to use the application Audacity, It is a great program, but I felt that despite having spent hours trying out all the effects, I still feel very incompetent using it. I feel like it would take hundreds of hours even thousands in order to fully understand the full functionality of the program.

 

Nonetheless, a great experience!

BLOG SEARCH: LeggNet’s Digital Capture

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For my third post, I will be reviewing several professional blog websites portraying the work of each blogger. I will select one of the blogs that fits my interests, and write a post detailing the website.

 

The blog that I chose is photography blog called “LeggNet’s Digital Capture”, which portrays ‘The Photographic Journey of Rich Legg’; Rich Legg, a photographer from Salt Lake City. It gives great insight into the life of the photographer Rich Legg and features a wide variety of photographs detailing his life and travels, ranging from landscapes, to city views, animal shots and even an image of a disassembled gun. The quality of his work is very high and can be seen immediately, with sharp focus and juxtaposing colors and themes.

 

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It is a very interesting blog because it is actually featured within the professional website created by Rich Legg. Therefore, I believe that the fact that it is embedded within his website to be very resourceful because it gives the reader access to the rest of his information. He gives additional information about himself, and furthermore, he provides several portfolios for people looking to hire a photographer, and even information on his own studio rental, for aspiring photographers.

 

In my opinion, the blog is very well produced as it fulfills all the purposes of a blog. It delivers his work to the public, is very intuitive and easy to navigate. Additionally, it is part of a bigger picture, meaning that the rest of the site complements his blog very well, and provides a very professional view of the photographer who created it.

RESOURCES FOR MEDIA ARTS STUDENTS AT LANE

In this second post, I have prepared a list of several places on campus at Lane Community College that can be used as resources for aspiring media arts majors wishing to improve their artistic skills. Along with this list is a photo for each resource available, in order to provide a visual aid.

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  1. The Equipment checkout counter where Media Arts students can checkout all kinds of gear for their various projects.

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2. The studio with the ‘Blue Cyc Wall’.

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3. The Center for Student Engagement located in the Center Building.

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4. The main art gallery on campus.

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5. The famous Art-O-Mat.

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6. The library, of course!

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7. The large silver sculpture sitting outside of the Health & Wellness Building.

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8. Mary Jo Kreindel’s Office.

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9. The Media Creation Lab in the Center building.

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10. Judy Gates’ Office.

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11. “The Commons” area for Media Arts students.

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12. The Flags inside the Students First Building.

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13. Lastly, The Turkey Shot!

 

ABOUT ME

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Hello fellow media arts students,

 

My name is James Tarpenning and I am 22 years old. I am an expatriated American citizen, born in Paris, France, but left when I was very young; about 2 years old. I moved to the small country of Monaco. A beautiful country located in the south of France, right on the Mediterranean Sea. I lived and grew up in Monaco up until the point where I left to go to university in Boston, Massachusetts. I studied in Boston for two years before deciding to transfer to Oregon (which is where both my parents are originally from).

 

I love playing sports, first and foremost Soccer. I have a strong influence, as it is the main sport played in Europe (and the rest of the world), therefore I grew up playing every day. Despite soccer being my preferred sport, I do enjoy many other sports, such as, tennis, swimming and especially skiing down the Swiss Alps.

 

Growing up, I was always very fortunate being able to travel to amazing places all over the world such as Italy, Spain, Turkey and even South Africa. As I travelled, I developed a sort of addiction to experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. So, I am always excited when I am faced with the opportunity to travel.

 

I am also an avid music fan, having played the guitar for many years. I enjoy all sorts of genre and am surfing the web every day in search of new music. Unfortunately, I slowly stopped practicing, as I got more involved in playing soccer as well as school studies.

 

Here, we have a brief description about me, I hope you all find it interesting!