Author Archives: Nancy Van House
Good Movie for Photographers!
If you read the Sunday NY Times On the Street Column (on paper) or seen the videos you’ve seen his photos of what people are wearing in NY. He also does their column that looks like socialites (but he says he only covers events for worthwhile charities).
He’s 80 and bicycles around NY (on his 29th bike; 28 have been stolen) looking for people wearing interesting clothes and spotting trends. He clearly has 2 loves: fashion and photography. Works in film, carrying a little Nikon and snapping pictures right and left. His “apartment” is a small room filled with file cabinets and a pallet that he sleeps on. He’s never there except to sleep.
The big people in fashion all know who he is, as unprepossessing as he is on the street in his simple clothes and his Schwinn.
It’s also interesting as a documentary — noticing how they do it, how they captured the images and sound, how they set up the interview situations, how they edited it together.
I came out of the theater noticing a LOT more about the people on the streets of Berkeley and wishing I had my camera!
It’s playing at the Shattuck but has been there for a while, so may not be there much longer.
Due in both print and electronic forms Friday, May 6, 5 pm. Please put hard copies in my box in room 102. For electronic, either email to me or send me a link.
Totally Optional Photo Discussion
Since people said it would have been nice to have more discussion of photos — and there won’t be time on Wed since we’ll be doing presentations:
I went to this track meet on campus this weekend specifically to photograph it. I didn’t carry my longest lens, so many of these are cropped from larger pictures. These show the value of having MORE megapixels: you can crop and still have an fairly good image. A couple of images are online in more and less cropped versions; I cropped them further in response to feedback from a photographer friend. I think you can see how cropping out the extra strengthens the image.
And Here We Are
Model and Property Releases
When do you need them? And a source of sample forms.
Video Ethnography with Kids: a Day in the Life
Some of you may find this useful. UCB doesn’t own the book, unfortunately.
You have given me an opportunity to chime in to this list and say that
inspired by Joe Tobin’s ethnographic video investigation of preschool
education in three cultures, a group of colleagues and i embarked a
decade ago on a /Day in the Life/ project investigating early years
thriving around the globe. We filmed a full waking day in a number of
toddlers’ lives, created a compilation of filmed segments upon which we
then elicited reflections from the parents through iterative interviews
over the course of the study. The project was published last year as:
Gillen, J. & Cameron, C.A. (Eds.). (2010). /International Perspectives
on Early Childhood Research: A Day in the Life./ Houndmills UK: Palgrave
Here’s a description of the book, if I might:
This book presents an innovative approach to studies of early childhood
and human culture.The /Day in the Life/ international, multidisciplinary
team collaboratively coauthored this study of young children and their
families in seven countries worldwide. A novel visual methodology was
used that filmed a /Day in the Life/ of seven thirty-month-old little
girls in Thailand, Canada, Peru, the UK, Italy, the US and Turkey.
Different paths to thriving are illustrated through words and images to
capture interactions of the children with their environments, including
caregivers, using multi-modal, participatory research methods….
Readings for April 20
In the syllabus.
Free e-book on Visual Storytelling
From Duke Center for Documentary Studies
Nancy Kalow’s “Visual Storytelling: The Digital Video Documentary” is CDS’s first e-book and is available for free to anyone who wants to make a watchable short documentary using a consumer camcorder, digital SLR camera, or cell phone.