Hi, I’m Hunter. I am a rising sophomore and an intended Environmental Engineering major at UGA. I love animals, skateboarding, video games, music, photography, and exploring new places.
For my summer project I plan on visiting abandoned and iconic places in and around Athens and using camera techniques to highlight them and provide a perspective that people otherwise wouldn’t see. I’m going to use a technique called “light painting” in which I draw (or paint) designs in the foreground of a photograph using light sources as the ink. These Athenian areas will be the background of the photos.
Photogrammar is a digital humanities project based out of Yale that documents over 90,000 photos taken by the US government during the Great Depression. The pictures are sorted by the city in which they were taken and displayed on a map of the United States. By clicking on the county you wish to see, you are redirected to a page that displays all the pictures from that specific city. Under each picture is a description, the name of the photographer, and the date the photo was taken. The way these pictures are presented is aesthetically appealing and allows you to visualize the extent of the Great Depression and the toll it took on the US. I personally would have also provided an option to view each individual state in a closer-up map to make it more easily navigable, but otherwise the project and its layout are spectacular.
Mark Downie and Paul Kaizer worked together in this project to develop a program for spatially reconstructing sites from photographs and then matching these sites to their photos. They would start with a photo and “unfreeze” it, stepping outside the limitations of the camera’s lens and revealing hidden aspects of photography. For example, one of the photos spatialized was just a picture of a couple of palm trees from an album. Using their program, Downie and Kaizer were able to reconstruct the entire stand of trees that surrounded the original picture. This method is very interesting in that it provides more insight into what the photographer was seeing whilst taking the pictures and can give us as viewers a greater appreciation for how the photographer decided what it was that needed to be captured. They displayed the original images inside of the spatial reconstructions so you could see the similarities and differences between the two.
John Resig investigates the process of using computer vision software to identify similar/identical photographs of works of art. Throughout history, photography archives have been established and maintained, garnering millions of pictures of artwork ranging from paintings to sculptures in order to provide references for art history research. Going through all of these photos and organizing them would be impossible by hand, and so Resig has developed a method to use a computer vision software to detect similar features in photos and compare them to the rest of the database, effectively determining duplicate and/or similar pictures within these archives. This is a necessary undertaking that provides order to these photo archives as well as an interesting (and not to mention time-saving) approach to the problem of duplicate photos.
Spelman, W. “ABANDONED BUILDINGS: MAGNETS FOR CRIME?” Journal of Criminal Justice., vol. 21, no. 5, 1993, pp. 481–495.
This study examines a neighborhood in Austin, TX and determines that abandoned buildings are hotspots for illegal activities. It also determines, however, that securing these abandoned buildings shuts down a large portion of this crime for a relatively low cost.
Graner, Anja. “Why Should We Deal with Abandoned Urban Spaces?” Urbanet, 2 Aug. 2018, www.urbanet.info/abandoned-urban-spaces/.
This article analyzes the need to deal with abandoned buildings and areas in cities as they fall into decay. Potential uses for these spaces which remove the problem of crime and also give them a new use are repurposing of for community projects such as neighborhood gardens or kitchens.
“Abandoned Buildings and Revitalization Efforts: Research for Journalists.” Journalist’s Resource, 11 May 2018, journalistsresource.org/studies/government/municipal/abandoned-buildings-revitalization/.
This article provides a very short overview on the problem of abandoned buildings. However, it is more useful in that it provides a list of other research projects on abandoned properties for the reader’s to explore and utilize.
“6 Tips for Telling Stories with Your Photos.” PetaPixel, 27 June 2016, petapixel.com/2016/06/27/6-tips-telling-stories-photos/.
This article is more of a guideline for learning to take better photos in order to tell stories. Tips include advice such as make sure to plan everything out before going out and doing it as well as encouragement to not be afraid of failure and to be yourself.
“Telling Stories With Photos.” Digital Photography School, 3 Oct. 2013, digital-photography-school.com/telling-stories-with-photos/.
This article provides more in-depth ways to improve photographic storytelling, such as making themes consistent through an album of photos. Another method is through establishing context and plot to a set of pictures so the viewer can more clearly understand what’s going on.
Landwer-Johan, Kevin. “Narrative Photography | How to Use Photos That Tell a Story.” ExpertPhotography, expertphotography.com/narrative-photography/.
This article provides technical tips to creating better narratives with pictures. An example is the recommendation to use various perspectives when actually shooting and to use certain lenses in order to remove unwanted elements from photos.
Page, Jason. “Light Painting Techniques and Tutorials.” Light Painting Brushes, lightpaintingbrushes.com/pages/light-painting-techniques.
This webpage is specifically for techniques relating to light painting. It gives an overview of many different methods that can be utilized in order to produce different effects with light.
Saggese, Maria. “Light Painting Tutorial Fiber Optics by Maria Saggese.” Light Painting Brushes, lightpaintingbrushes.com/pages/fiber-optic-light-painting-tutorial-by-maria-saggese.
This webpage is an overview of one specific technique used with light painting. It provides different ways to use a certain tool in order to produce different effects within the photographs.
LightPaintingPhoto. “Light Painting Tutorial, How To Light Paint a Light Man.” YouTube, YouTube, 2 Nov. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vCaiF9DSxU.
This video provides an in-depth tutorial on creating a certain effect with light painting. It is nice to be able to see the process behind the creation of the effect with the final product next to it so you can see where each individual part comes from.
LightPaintingPhoto. “Light Painting Tutorial, How To Write With Light.” YouTube, YouTube, 14 Apr. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDtAdYoFk-8.
This video shows techniques for writing with light in a photograph. It is helpful in that it gives tips for keeping words relatively similarly sized since you can’t really just eyeball that when there is no visual representation of what you write before the picture is finished taking.
Imgur: This website is very useful for uploading images quickly and in large quantities. It is nice as a sort of drafting website because I can add descriptions or ideas for each individual pictures and keep them hidden from the public unless I want to publish them.
Wix: This is a website creation tool that I have a website with already. I can use it to post albums of photos as well, but it looks much more polished and will be better for the final product than imgur.
Photoshop: This is a very popular and powerful editing program for images. It can be used to combine images, touch up aspects of photos, resize files, and much more. It will be very useful for polishing photographs once I have taken them.