13.11.08

phase 3: system postcard

final (above)





after viewing gentry's revised postcard, the clear message to me was his implication with hoard of people with cameras to make a hint towards paparazzi. that name alone has mostly negative connotations within our western society. this this social/cultural impact was said to be first from Italian dialect, used from Federico Fellini. he describes it to be a particularly annoying noise, that of a buzzing mosquito. we are so caught up in the lives of famous actors/actresses and musicians, we would ignore our own lives to find out what's happening in theirs. major magazines and other businesses are willing to go as far as pay 150,000 dollars for a single image of ben and lopez. if someone were to turn in two photographs, they could easily buy a house and be set. some paparazzi justify this behavior by saying it's a 'two way street' which they say gives the famous the attention they need. some of the major media corporations would hire the paparazzi to photograph certain stars if they are in an upcoming movie and want to create a certain buzz for publicity's sake. but how far are people willing to go to get the 'best shot'? a lot of ethical and legal concerns arise. a qualification for a 'good photo' is not quality, as long as the star is recognizable . paparazzi may even intentionally provoke stars for a better photo. an example of an ethical concern i have are the images captured of princess di's crash. images are seen of the crash even before the help has arrived, or perhaps even requested. is it morally right to capture a photograph instead of helping another human life?
i think the west and japan are similar in that in our society, we don't really say much about ourselves personally. it is improper to discuss personal aspects to each other, even if there was a married couple for many years, would be hard to talk about 'fantasies' or things of that nature. this is why one of the most prized possessions in japan is to read someones journal. to get a glimpse of how a person really is, they consider journals very sacred. a lot of the contemporary novels written by japanese are shi su se tsu (i novel) written from the first person point of view. we are in a way the same in our culture because of the popularity of shoes like 'real world' when cameras fallow a cast for months. a lot of people love looking at other peoples lives rather than focusing on our own.

i didn't re read this, so i might be rambling on or not making much sense.

2 comments:

Greg Gentry said...

When i look at your image you have created around the paparazzi theme, i really like where you took it by making it extremely negative. The fact that they are all taking photos of this car accident and no one is helping, instead they are more interested in taking pictures. It really shows your the personality and characteristics of the paparazzi, How careless, cold and short minded they can be by taking photos of horrible things and peoples mistake, especially when it is inappropriate and should not be photographed. I assume that is when they get paid even more for their photos. Its a bad cycle. I question the thought balloons but i do get a more of and idea that there main focus and only thought is taking the photos, nothing else. The car is a very strong image and some one is probably dead or severely hurt and there out taking photos, not helping. The scale of the car seems right from the perspective of the guy on the left but not the guy who is holding your object. It feels like the scale is off. But i get the general idea and it is clearly negative aspect of the paparazzi and how vicious they can be. This also reminds me of the princess Diana accident. Strong idea and imagery. Good Job.

gerg.kaufman said...

the concept of the image is pretty negative, but the way i have chosen to show it has caused a few chuckles at the waterhole. i wanted these paparazzi men to seem as if they were floating, and just by contrasting these two pieces together make a feeling of disbelief. they weren't meant to fit perfectly. perhaps these men in actually were taking pictures at the red carpet but when put next to a wrecked car it takes on a new meaning. the speech bubbles should resemble the annoying sounds that a mosquito makes (after playing off of federico's meaning). although the idea is horrifying to think of, some of these raw 'street' photographers (not paparazzi) might be necessary to raise awareness. the images taken of the Vietnam war are very crude and graphic, but they helped put an end to the war in general. if the images weren't published, who knows if the same outcome would have arrived.