Audio often gets ignored compared to its visual media relations, but it is still a powerful and remarkably flexible tool for storytelling. In this new media world of multimedia, sound and image can compliment each other to tell stories and to document the past.
A couple of weeks ago i did a pilot recording for a local community project that is to be expanded to create an audio archive, made up of conversations and reminisces by local people living in a village community. The aim is to record and capture their memories, thoughts and feelings about village life, the local characters (many now sadly long gone) and the immense changes that have taken place over the last sixty or more years. It’s a fascinating project and one that seems to have caught a lot of people’s imagination.
The first pilot recording went well and more are planned. Other topics will include schooling and World War II. So where does photography come into the project? Well one outlet for the audio footage will probably be an audio visual presentation using edited audio and selected images to create an audio slideshow that can be shown online.
Images and audio put together to create something even stronger.
The possibilities are endless. Best of all, the internet offers the best way of distributing this content. More news on this multimedia project coming soon.
New developments are on the way that should improve the website viewing experience for tablet computer/smart phone users.
The website has been using the Onswipe service to make the viewing experience for iPad and Android tablet users much better, however i wasn’t happy with the layout or the user functionality that Onswipe provided. It didn’t really suit the website.
Plans are under way to make the website design responsive. That means that the site design will respond and adapt its layout to the device you are using. So far the results look impressive, giving a great viewing experience to iPad and mobile phone users.
The responsive design should go live within the next few weeks.
Editing the photo galleries in SlideShowPro
January saw the completion of the SlideShowPro gallery conversion process. All of the galleries are now powered using the excellent application’s media player and offer full screen viewing. You can view my review of SlideShowPro Director here.
Several of the galleries remain on the website but are not listed in the portfolio area. These second layer galleries can be accessed typing the word ‘portfolio’ into the website search box. This seemed to be a better solution than totally deleting the work from the site.
The galleries in line for further development are the portrait, single images and Norfolk project sections. More work will be added to these slideshows over the coming weeks.
The website has been getting some great feedback with clients and visitors impressed by the design and ease of use. One web designer even commented that ‘this is the way all photographers should have their website’.
The work continues! Refinements to text, layout and navigation are just some of the improvements made over the last few weeks, with more changes to come this month.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the new Tumblr blog 50mm for daily photo posts. All sorts of images, news and photography miscellanea posted there.