Media continues to evolve
While at NASH73 this past week in Montreal I attended a session where Charles Mostoller spoke about the evolving state of photography and media and introduced our group to audio slideshows. It’s a more true union of radio and photography than film, often relying strictly on photography but with an accompanying audio bed throughout that has either natural sound or narration. It can be extraordinarily profound and powerful.
One of the videos shown at Mostoller’s presentation was Hunger: Living With Prader-Willie Syndrome. To call the short emotional would be a disservice – some of the imagery combined with the interview is truly haunting. How minimalist this form of multimedia is seems to allow a certain kind of focus that isn’t available in video. There may be some moving pictures, but this isn’t film – it’s something new. It manages to very quickly stir your emotions. It is exceedingly raw. And it is exceptionally effective.
The relevance of ACP
A common recurring theme at NASH in Montreal was the evolving state of journalism today. A majority of the sessions available were about broadening the skillsets that journalists have: from multimedia storytelling to podcasting, streaming video and social media. The final keynote speaker, Wilf Dinnick (founder of openfile.ca), emphasized that now is the most incredible time to become a journalist because of how the world is changing.
Attending these sessions the audience would often be asked questions like “do you know the rule of thirds?” or we’d have film and radio lessons regarding things like natural sound. These are all things covered by ACP. In fact, ACP is becoming more relevant to the evolving skillset of journalists than ever before – the masses of journalists attending these sessions with myself and my fellow ACPers were at a huge skillset and knowledge disadvantage. We may not have the prestigious journalism programs here at Camosun College, but we’re winning awards in journalism and our skillsets are ahead of their time.
You can find Maisie Crow’s web page here. Be sure to check out both Hunger: Living With Prader-Willie Syndrome and A Life Alone.
Charles Mostoller’s site is here. He has some amazing photos – and he’s only 24! (he looks older in person, he’s got a really grizzles look about him)