Sequencing Photos

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So Instagram recently updated to have multiple pictures/videos in a single post and I thought I would test it out. I’ve always found that Instagram and Facebook tend to place value more on individual images rather than the images as a set, especially with the way their algorithms can land you in the middle of a set rather than at the start. So with this new feature, you can finally start sequences photos together and tell stories with those sequences. But you don’t necessarily have to tell the truth with them.

I think I took these three photos on three different days on at least two different cameras, but putting them together makes them seem like they were taken one after the other. Shooting film lacks that immediacy that digital cameras give you, and so you start to divorce your photos from the time and place they were taken. This is especially the case when its months between shooting the photo and developing it.

After developing them though, I wasn’t really sure what to do with them. Usually when it comes to posting on Instagram or on the blog, I would have chosen the best of the three and then posted it, but I really couldn’t decide which one I liked more. But when the Instagram update happened, I realised I didn’t actually need to choose, but could just sequence them together.

In my opinion, editing photos is probably the hardest part of photography. More than just tweaking a photograph to look better, or choosing which of three photographs of the same thing is best, it’s about picking the right photo (or photos) for the medium and its something that I still struggle with and expect to continue to struggle with in the future.

But it’s always nice to remember that photos don’t always tell the truth.

TWICE – KNOCK KNOCK

TWICE has been on a bit of a roll lately. Their first three singles have been huge hits, propelling them to becoming the most popular girl group in Korea right now and they’re positioning themselves to hit the Japan market with some force. Their latest single, KNOCK KNOCK sees them continue with the same kind of addictive bubblegum pop that they’ve become known for.

And I do mean that. The song has everything we’ve come to expect from a TWICE song: It has that addictive repeatable hook “Knock knock knock knock, knock my door”, it starts with Nayeon, has Jihyo belting the chorus, an odd but obligatory rap bit with Chaeyoung and Dahyun and mimickable choreography move. But being a single off of a repackaged album (TWICEcoaster), more of the same is what’s to be expected. So if you liked or disliked other TWICE songs, you’ll probably fall on the same side with this song, though I do think that KNOCK KNOCK has a more consistent sound than their other singles, making it easier to like from the get go.

The MV though was a bit of a surprise, especially with the random JYP cameo. It feels like they’ve turned up the fan service to another level in this video, with the girls having a lot of little moments that invite and reward fans who watch it on repeat more intently (my favourite is Dahyun about to murder Momo with a pillow, but the hit was cut to keep the MV under an R rating). The storyline is meant to be a sequel to TT, but its done in some vague manner that I wonder why they even bothered to do it (but its par for course with confusing Kpop MVs). It also feels very Christmas-y, and would’ve felt more appropriate for a December release.

With TWICE aiming for an entry in the Japanese market sooner rather than later (they’re only promoting KNOCK KNOCK for two weeks while covering Harajuku and Shibuya with ads), the group is probably going to take a small break from the Korean market. I wonder if after that time off they’ll keep the same almost formulaic cutesy girl group concept going forward from TWICEcoaster, and if they do, I wonder how long that kind of thing can last, or will TWICE evolve into something more than that. I really hope that they do.

Painting Update

I’m starting to get into a nice groove with the watercolour painting and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. A lot of that comes about from finding the right introduction into watercolours, which I finally found with the Tate Watercolour Manual. I find that a lot of the online tutorials on various websites and YouTube tend to focus on very vibrant and realistic paintings or waterblotting, the kinds of things aimed at housewives or teenagers (not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of art). My tastes are a bit more subdued in colour and less exact. Also, the online tutorials tend to focus on just painting this one image quickly, rather than focusing in on skills, and at this point my brush work and water control are terrible.

Divided the paper with tape to practice different techniques

The Tate Watercolour Manual revolves largely around getting the basic skills of watercolour down (such as flat fills, gradient fills, mixing colours, etc.) to slowly start to replicate the more famous historical paintings in the Tate collection, namely the works of J.M.W Turner, an English Romantic painter and arguably the best watercolourist in Britain history. They’re a little more abstract and a little more interesting to me, so that’s why this particular book has stuck.

Monocolour composition tests

One of the pointers the book gives out is the need to drill the basic skills with the brush, much like practicing scales for a musician. For this, it suggests that you do multiple smaller paintings, but use a regular brush so that you get used to the way both it and the paint behave, and that’s what I’ve been doing here. It also suggests working in a single colour to try and get your shading right. This probably appeals to me more than it should, but I’m a sucker for B&W photographs, so B&W painting comes a little more naturally.

Not So Sunny Sundays

With the record breaking heatwave that hit last weekend, I was cooped up in the house for a little longer than was comfortable with. So when the heat started to break on Sunday, I decided to take the opportunity and just head into the cooler city without any real plan just to get out of the heat and the house.

Usually when I head out of the house without a real plan, I bring a camera and just turn it into a photowalk. I thought I would head to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the new Japanese art exhibition and the New Matter photographic exhibition before it disappears. While it was a photowalk as well, I shoot mainly film now, making these kinds of recount posts is hard. Fortunately, I now have a pretty good camera on my phone, so I’m able to take quick shots of things.

Pastiche.

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