Research: Occupation: Artist and Dealing with the Dead

For our Tuesdays class we had to produce a power point presentation on one video and one photostory that we thought worked well. In my group for our video we went on vimeo and found a short video on an artist. Below are a list of bullet points on what we thought of the video…

-Video about artist, narrated by subject


-Launches straight into the subject rather than starting with the typical ‘my name is’ which is irrelevant for this.


-Saves time – only 1.32, starts off quite fast paced


-Instrumental music in the background – creates a rhythm and fits the vibrant, energetic theme.


-Pauses in speech are timed well to include other sounds or important things we need to hear.


-other distracting sounds and background noise have also been eliminated.

-Very smooth. chronological order,

-Starts with spraying a background, then adding more detail to his work and ends hanging up his final pieces of work. – creates a story


-He uses interesting angles and techniques such as panning, zooming and focus rolling. Creates a professional impression on the video.

We then went onto look more in depth at a photostory, this one really caught our attention due to the complete difference in culture. It illustrates a funeral ceremony taking place and the rituals that they go through. Here are the bullet point that we made on our thoughts and opinions of it…

•Photostory called dealing with the dead


•About funeral celebrations


•Centered upon a devoutly christian tribe in indonesia


•Photostory describes the rituals in which they celebrate the life of a loved one


•Wealth plays a big contributing factor as to how the ceremony progresses


•They practise things such as animal slaughter, sometimes killing up to 30 buffalo in one time, burying their dead children in growing trees and hand chiseling the graves


•Through performing these rituals it is meant to ensure comfortable passage to the ‘land of souls’ of the ancient religion


How does it develop narrative?


-A narrative has been developed through showing different moments of significance throughout the day, as well as different ages and genders and how each plays a role within this ceremony. The narrative is further developed as the photographer has managed to place themselves well within the community and photograph the event well, as though they are actually a part of the proceedings. The ceremony and day, despite being a funeral, seems to be quite a happy time and we don’t really see people crying or being upset. It seems to be portraying a celebration of life.


-The narrative is developed as we go through the series through the use of different angles. It’s bright and colourful with different focal angles which highlight it’s a different country due to the lighting and also the tribal colours and highlighted because of this. Cultural representations.


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