RPG and Virtual Reality

I have this urge with this project to produce something really technologically advanced, the one down side, I have no idea how to build software or electronics. Or even how to go about finding someone who does, and get them to do it for free.

Recently I have been watching an anime about an RPG. The first season of ‘Sword Art Online‘ see’s the creator of a virtual world release only 10,000 copies of the game, and once logged in you cannot log out. It’s his way of playing God. Also unlike normal RPGs once you die in the game you die in real life too. The series sees almost 2 years of the game inside, people start to prefer that world to the real one, get married and forget about reaching the 100th level, as their bodies in real life are laying in a special SAO victims hospital being kept alive by a drip, exploring issues of which is the real reality? I won’t go into the storyline too much as it has loads of flaws and unanswered questions but my point is that this anime has been voted by many websites the best of 2012, when I started my symposium I wanted to explore the photograph as an alternate reality but I kept on stumbling and getting stuck with no research content. So I abandoned it, but as this anime has made me think about virtual reality even more I think there is some way I can tap into this with photography. I am not sure how yet but this has got to be a way forward for not only my work but for society too. How long will it be before products like Nervgear are mainstream? (not in the crazy trapped in a virtual world way) And how can this be utilised within photography?

Upon a new fascination with virtual realities I bought this book, which I am currently reading. Once I am finished reading it I will storify my tweeted notes and see how this has had an impact on me and how the author utilises virtual reality.

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The book is going to be made into a film as well due to it’s popularity. Watch this interview with Ernie Cline the author to hear about the book plot and the plans for the film.

HTML5

HTML 5 is a new breed of website coding which became an oficial recommendation of W3C in December 2012. Not being too familiar with it’s capabilities and whats improved I decided as a practitioner who wants to utilise the internet to it’s full capabilities I would do some research. FFF (form follows function) is a collection of visual displays which show HTML5’s full capabilities. There are some really beautiful projects here. These are the best ones.

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fff home screen – http://fff.cmiscm.com/

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This is the ‘Hue blending‘ piece, I cannot really explain how great these interactive pieces are, instead you wil have to click the link and try it for yourself.

Screen Shot 2013-01-19 at 14.58.34And by far my favourite is the ‘Universe Panorama‘ piece, again something you have to experience to understand it.

HTML5 seems to bring what we get from apps straight to the computer, It doesn’t seem as if it follows the grid layout of usual HTML it seems more interactive  design and image conscious. Saying this the man behind this site is an expert and it wouldn’t be this easy for everyone. I have an interest in website building and in learning HTML5, I will do some more research and see if I can work out how to utilise it in regards to photography.

Exploring fan art

The best way to start my research is looking at fan art of my favourite Animes.

*click images to see the artists work*

Deadman Wonderland

by Sayori_Abyss
by pokemonfreak1
by Tsunderie
by Sayori_Abyss

Casshern Sins

by DaharIRIS
by pacedheart
by largee17

Kore wa zombie desu ka

by whitechariot
by Psyconorikan
by randell1993

This is just a result of a quick google search, there are millions of pieces of fan art out there, and it seems wasted to me that something isn’t being done with this. Hopefully the new project I will launch will change this.

and now to round off with a short documentary which attempts to explore fan art…

1 day left

There is one day left to submit your work to #PHOTOGRAPHY magazine. Issue 3 will be released in December but entries sent in after today will be considered for Issue 4.

We accept all form of photography, to see the standards please read Issue 1 or 2 . http://hashtagphotographymagazine.com/readthemag.html

We also have specific features and a competition for Issue 3.

Features:

“Photography Influenced by Art”

Art has influenced photography since its birth,
and although some people regard them as two
completely different mediums, we don’t. That’s why we
want to see your work that is influenced by art, or that
uses the techniques of a specific art movement.

 

“Toy Camera”

It is our belief that it doesn’t matter how much money
you have or how much your equipment cost you,
a talented photographer can produce interesting and
thought provoking images with even the cheapest of
cameras. So this is our challenge to you, using your toy
camera produce an image/aseries of images which prove
money can’t buy talent.

For anyone who isn’t sure toy cameras are simple
inexpensive film cameras, such as Holga or Lomo.

 Competition:

“Story”

We love a good narrative at #PHOTOGRAPHY, for the
issue 3 competition we want you to take a line from your
favourite book and interpret it in an image/short series of
images. Submit your finished image to us along with the
quote it was based on and we’ll choose a winner 20th
October 🙂


Apply here: www.hashtagphotographymagazine.com

#phonar – Orientation

Wednesday was our introduction lesson to #phonar we had a discussion about what #phonar is and the key elements to it, connecting with others, reaching and aiming towards a specific audience and telling a story which engages the audience. The opportunities that this module can offer are amazing and the best thing is it allows us to connect to other students and practitioners around the world and discuss our work through different eyes. At the moment we are undertaking weekly tasks which will eventually lead to a final project.

P.S. spot me in the front row with the short hair 🙂

www.phonar.org

#PHOTOGRAPHY Issue 3

Issue 3 is Due for release in December 2012, for the mean time take a look at the cover & don’t forget to submit your work by 20th october.

Image by Beethy – http://beethy.deviantart.com/

www.hashtagphotographymagazine.com

Here’s a list of features and comps you can apply too…

Features:

“Photography Influenced by Art”

Art has influenced photography since its birth,
and although some people regard them as two
completely different mediums, we don’t. That’s why we
want to see your work that is influenced by art, or that
uses the techniques of a specific art movement.

“Toy Camera”

It is our belief that it doesn’t matter how much money
you have or how much your equipment cost you,
a talented photographer can produce interesting and
thought provoking images with even the cheapest of
cameras. So this is our challenge to you, using your toy
camera produce an image/aseries of images which prove
money can’t buy talent.

For anyone who isn’t sure toy cameras are simple
inexpensive film cameras, such as Holga or Lomo.

Competition:

“Story”

We love a good narrative at #PHOTOGRAPHY, for the
issue 3 competition we want you to take a line from your
favourite book and interpret it in an image/short series of
images. Submit your finished image to us along with the
quote it was based on and we’ll choose a winner 20th
October 🙂

Introducing #photography

#photography is a free online magazine. It is due to be launched this summer. The basic idea is to break the conventions of standard photography magazines, and take all the great work we find online and post on our blogs and put it into one place.

follow us on twitter or facebook

and get excited for issue 1

we appreciate your support more then you know 🙂

Robbie Cooper: Alter Ego

In this series Robbie Cooper explores people across the world and their online gaming avatars. This work explores the similarities and differences between people and their avatars, some are quite shocking, and if you look at the rest of his series on his site you can read the background behind each image.

‘Thx For The Add’ by Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts experience with Flickr began in 2006 when he set up an account, he wanted to have it as a place to archive his images but the attention he got and the people he met online led him to this project ‘Thx for the Add‘ in which Roberts travels to meet people who he had met online.

Andrew Hetherington, photographer, New York, NY. I followed Andrew's blog 'What's The Jackanory?' about the life of an editorial photographer in New York city, and on a visit to the USA in 28 I met up with him for lunch. He gave me good advice on my folio, and showed me how to eat healthily! Unbeknownst to me, in late 29 Andrew nominated me for the PDN3 Emerging Photographers list, that I was fortunate enough to be listed in.
Vignes Balasingham, Photographer, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I met Vig at a small flickr meetup on a crisp february morning in London, 28. He was in the UK visiting his girlfriend who at the time was studying at Cambridge University. I found myself in Kuala Lumpur for three days in November of that year, and Vig was my full time guide, taking me on foot on a tour around town via the city's best eateries.

Anne Johnstone, Scientist, Edinburgh. I met Anne through flickr in 28. Shortly after this photograph was taken in Hackney Wick, we got unintentionally drunk on tequila while dressed up in Hawaiian shirts in a marquee in Victoria Park.

I think these images and the text together work great as a project, exploring the variety of cultures and people you can meet via social network, especially as a photographer.

The Mary Profile Picture Project

Caroline Jaine created this Project, it’s aim was to create a cross-faith project in which people named Mary would send a profile picture of themselves via social medias to Caroline Jaine and she would exhibit them. Watch the video to see more.

Background info – taken from website

“Last year I learned that Mary was not just a key figure in the Catholic faith, but that the same woman – Maryam – is important in Islam too.  She is the only woman to be named in the Qur’an – in fact she has a whole chapter named after her.   And she was of course Jewish.  Although I am neither a Catholic nor Muslim nor Jew, I am a peace-builder, and the role that Mary could play as a bridge between faiths immediately interested me.

 As a visual artist concerned with portraiture, I am intrigued by how Mary is visually depicted – essentially in Catholicism.  Her grace and femininity are frequently illustrated, but she is often shown to be fragile, with her head bowed and eyes cast down.  Mary is seen by the faiths as the embodiment of integrity, compassion and honesty but she is also a single mother and a refugee and I wonder whether her resilience could be better portrayed?  How might a modern day Mary look?

 Across the globe there must be millions of Mary’s, Maryams, Marias and Miryams.  All taking the name of Our Lady – a living proof that she lives on amongst us all in many faiths.

This project is about demonstrating the diversity in the living Mary today. And exploring whether there is a power in her feminine quality, which is visually under-represented.

 *In some interpretations (but by no means all) Islam rejects depictions of humans and animals in art – especially stories from the Qur’an.  It is for this reason that I seek photographic images rather than painted or drawn self-portraits.  The aim of this project is to unite, not divide. “