24 July 2008

The Faces of Transcarpathia: First Slide Show Movie

LUND--I have been working on the photos. This is the first usage of the photos and sound. All of these photos are (pretty poor) commercial scans of photos taken with a Leica M6ttl and a 50mm Summicron lens. The sound I recorded with my Røde NTG2 shotgun mike on the Panasonic DVC60 at an elder's house outside of Nagydobrovdyn, Ukraine, Transcarpathia of old women singing a traditional folk hymn. The photos were taken at numerous locations

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10 Comments:

Blogger Lena said...

The photos are brillant. But I still say that it's too fast. I need at least dubble the time on each picture.

Is it just me? What do the rest of you think?

7:47 AM  
Blogger Fredrik said...

I can't listen to the music at work, but the pictures speaks to me without background music. Great work Andrew!

About the speed, yes, I think the tempo needs some tweaking. The first 20 seconds I feel a little bit lost, then it feels like it slows down, but it's probably just that I get just to the tempo.
But I don't agree that you need to dubble the time on each picture. Perhaps just 15-20% more time, too many seconds on each picture gets you restless as a viewer, no matter how good they are...

8:25 AM  
Blogger Fredrik said...

"Just to the tempo"?
I meant used.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous talytr said...

I'm with Lena on this one, and (of course there's more) I would have liked to hear other sounds... wind, traffic, village life, the hum of women preparing to bake bread, even some narration would be interesting. Strictly for folk recording purposes I'm glad you have the entire song, but my video-conditioned brain wanted more. Just my thoughts...

7:24 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

This is a few minute slide show. Yaaarrrggg. Come on and go to Transcarpathia with me and record stuff and sit down and make me some martinis and help with the editing and then we'll put in a little wind noise...

7:50 PM  
Anonymous talytr said...

Lena do you put up with this? The pirate talk, I mean.

I know, I know, it's just a few minutes. But seriously, you're conveying a message with two sensory methods, the one (the folk song) is beyond most people's realm of reflection b/c of the language barrier, so we concentrate on the ancient melody and the old lady noises (tiny sighs, wavering falsetto, the hymn-like quality, etc.). The other form (the images, which, of course, are beautifully composed and full of depth) are coming at us quickly and without context. Your audience is forced to rely on almost primitive means of relating and identifying... person, old person, family, person, folk art, person, etc.

Meh, what do I know, it caused me to think this long about it. And as I said, the images are beautiful & compelling, but you know that.

**pats Andrew on the top of his head**

12:02 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

I think that the singing works well. I appreciate the breach with the normal MTV-generation constant change and clips.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Tonn said...

Andrew like head patting, make pirate-monkey noise of happiness... I do think the slides go by too quickly among other things and I appreciate the comments and ideas. Think of this, simply, as a teaser. Some of the photos, a bit of sound, put up to show a tiny slice of the material I captured in Ukraine. Leave 'em wanting more and all that or something. I suppose that was mostly my aim in posting this, to get something up as well as to invoke a certain feeling. I have a ton of tapes and photos and am spinning a little on how to begin working with them as this trip didn't produce the same sort of narrative that my last one to El Salvador did... So keep checking in and keep commenting.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Andrew I'm in tears as I saw my Adam up in the mountain orphanage is alive! I haven't been up there my last 2 trips I was so happy to see his picture. God bless you for this work. I hope to go back Sept.09. Marty

12:10 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Andrew I'm in tears as I saw my Adam up in the mountain orphanage is alive! I haven't been up there my last 2 trips I was so happy to see his picture. God bless you for this work. I hope to go back Sept.09. Marty

12:10 PM  

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