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Update! Update! Read All About It!

Update! Update! Read All About It!

Hi friends!

Here we are at the end of Week 4 of the apocalypse! How’s everyone doing? Good? Good.

What a week it has been! This week, we covered the photography unit of digital storytelling. It was a lot of fun! Who doesn’t want to take pictures for an assignment?

First off, at the beginning of the week, I completed two Daily Creates! The first one I completed was last Tuesday, and I had to find an image, GIF, or other kind of media that reminded me of bones! What immediately came to mind was the “Bone Dance” from Hannah Montana. I’m not ashamed, and am pretty proud of the GIF I was able to make from it! Let me know if you start singing along to the words as you read them! I think this song/dance definitely qualifies as a representation of bones!

The second daily create I did was on Thursday. I was to create a “found poem” in which I collected tweets, lyrics, quotes, etc. and created a poem out of them! Here’s the result! Let me know if you can identify some/any/all of the lyrics, quotes, tweets, etc. in this!

I really love Daily Creates! They’re a great way to have a “creative break,” if you will.

I then shifted gears into the photography realm of the creative world. I learned a few tips in order to improve my photography skills, such as to wait for the perfect moment to capture the perfect photo and how to do that fun trick of making something big look small and how to make something small look big. After, I viewed a few galleries on the Abandoned America site in which I discovered a bunch of pictures of abandoned places such as schools, hospitals, institutions, prisons, and so much more! You should definitely check it out! Then, it was my turn, I took on the Photoblitz challenge. Basically, what this means is there is a website I went to in which I was assigned seven prompts of what I needed to take pictures of and I had a twenty-minute time frame to do this in. I succeeded! Below are the seven prompts I was given, and my results! Let me know what you think! (I’m very much a beginner!)

Then, I was to create a comparison of what I looked like before the apocalypse and what I looked like after! There is quite a difference, but I still have my glasses! If you want to make your own comparison, check out Juxtapose! It splits both pictures in half and then compares them side-by-side.

The next visual assignment I completed was having fun with typography! I took two photos that I found to relate to the apocalypse and put them through a typography-generator. After, I added text to the typography already existing, and made up messages that were written in a secret code that can be translated into real meanings. I don’t want to give away all of my secrets here, so if you want to see exactly what I did and what they mean, check it out!

The last assignment I had this week was exploring more science fiction films! I watched La Jetée and The Road. Instead of a regular movie, La Jetée, was a series of still images that told the story while a narrator explained it. After a nuclear war destroys Paris, a man goes through a set of experiments where he is able to visit the past, present, and future. I can’t say much more without spoiling it! You can find this on Netflix, too! The Road was also quite interesting and complex. You can find it on Netflix! It’s about a father and son’s journey through their post-apocalyptic world, while trying to save each other and survive all at the same time. I don’t want to give the whole story away, so definitely go watch it! You won’t regret it.

Until next week!


Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts. (Feel free to answer this question as well in the comments!)

I definitely think that an animated GIF can be considered a story. For one, there is a literal beginning and end, which is essential to every story. Some GIFs may only be 1 second long, but others can contain more than one scene or shot of something. If you add GIFs together, it becomes a ‘show’ or comic! Also, GIFs can tell literal stories if the creator adds text to the bottom of it! I really think any kind of media or object can tell a story. If I wear a specific necklace that has a lot of history to it, it’s telling a story. The same goes for a GIF. Also, when a person sees a GIF, they can be reminded of the TV show, movie, or other media that it came from, which then tells a story in their mind!

Some examples:

Living Life Through A Lens

Living Life Through A Lens

Pictures. We take them almost everyday.

This week I was tasked on completing and reading some research and information related to photography, and how to get that “picture” perfect photo. I personally have the shakiest hands ever, and when I try to take a picture I have to use both hands because if I don’t, I get a picture that is unbelievably blurry and out of focus.

While reading through the “Tips” page on my class’s website, I learned quite a lot. One thing I learned was how to create depth, and how to do that trick where you can make something small look big and make something big look small. Have you ever seen that video or GIF of that Range Rover in grass, and it looks like a regular car, and then a person grabs it with their hand to reveal it’s just a toy?

I’ve always wanted to figure out how to do this. I have not quite succeeded, but am going to keep trying!

I also learned to wait for the perfect moment to take the photo. Sometimes I am so excited to see something or someone that I whip my camera out right away and take a picture or video, and miss what happened all together because I was too focused on pulling my phone out to take a picture. I want to be able to know how to anticipate when something is going to happen so I can be ready, but also so I can enjoy it in the moment. If I’m at a concert, I might have my phone out and ready to record a video, but I miss actually seeing them, without the camera, come out on stage because I’m looking through the screen of my phone. I’d also love to be able to capture photos as they happen! Such as the example on the “Tips” page that explains being able to take a picture of a baby when they spill the glass of milk! That would be both so fun and funny!


Also this week, I got to take a look at an online photo gallery of images of abandoned places in America. I was able to find it on a website called Abandoned America. I chose to specifically look at the gallery of images of abandoned buildings such as hospitals, institutions, schools, and prisons. I have always been intrigued by videos and pictures of abandoned places such as prisons, hospitals, homes, and office buildings. There is something so interesting about them! Sometimes, it looks as though the people just got up and left over night and left everything behind. These cases always give me an uneasy feeling. There were numerous photos of abandoned prisons and hospitals. The windows were broken. The paint or wallpaper was falling and cracking off of the walls. The floors were covered in trash, dust, and dirt. In the prisons, almost all of the prison cell doors were covered in rust. However, there were some pictures of schools and other buildings that still were in good condition! In one school, Good Samaritan Catholic School, the desks and chairs were all organized in the classroom. The blackboard looked like it had recently been erased. Everything was still in its place. However, the word that stuck out most in my mind as I saw each photo of all of the buildings was “ghost-town.”

Here are some of the photos from Abandoned America, itself.

Source: Abandoned America
Source: Abandoned America










* I don’t own either of these photos. All rights to the owner.

All of these pictures make me want to know exactly what happened that led to each of these places. Were they condemned? Were they bankrupt? Were they evicted? What happened? They definitely give me an post-apocalyptic feeling.


The third photography-related assignment I completed this week was Photoblitz. To give you an idea of what this is, you go to a site and it gives you seven prompts of pictures you need to take or try to take in a time limit of twenty minutes. Each list is different. Here is what mine looked like!

I was able to complete all seven in the twenty-minute time limit! I had quite a lot of fun with it. I don’t know if mine are the most artsy examples, but I still had fun! I’d love to do another one of these in the future!

I began this twenty-minute challenge at 1:15 and finished it at 1:35. The first image is a smiley face made out of food. To be totally honest, I did not have a whole bunch of food at my disposal, so I used two clementines, a cracker, and some Cheez-Its! Very simple! But still a face! The second picture was a picture I took of my shadow on the grass. The third photo is of my feet in my slippers today due to the dreary, rainy weather we had here today. The fourth photo is of the fire alarm in my building to represent something loud. There is nothing louder than a fire alarm, especially at 1:00 AM. The fifth photo is of two things that don’t go together; oil and water. The sixth photo is of the mirror on the back of my door. It feels like it creates an inception! The seventh photo is a picture dominated by my favorite color, pink. My pink computer case, pens and highlighters, hair brush, lotion, and deodorant.

After completing this assignment, I kind of felt like this was a fun party game! I can see doing this at a party where your friends have to draw an assignment out of a hat, and then take a picture representing the prompt! This may seem like a lame party game to some, but to me it sounds awesome! I definitely plan to do this assignment again for fun in the future! I’ll make sure to share it here with you all, too!