Online Identity – proposal for website as a platform for digital art work

Geelong – a microcosm (working title) (Geelong is a microcosm for the world: my place within Geelong is a microcosm of humanity on the planet.) [1]

The identity I wish to explore online is ‘My Place’ – the physical Geelong which is my personal space.  As yet there is no title.  It will be a vehicle for me to explore issues and my personal beliefs about my life within this space – and wider issues that concern Geelong, change, growth and decline, the environment, and the place of humans within the world.

From a photographer’s point of view, I intend to use the website to showcase places, and the changes that occur in them, when, for example, they are photographed at different times of day or night, or from different aspects.  I plan to incorporate photographs, gifs, and possibly short videos.  If I have time, I will create an avatar for the project – a persona for my Geelong.

My current ability to produce a website is extremely limited – I have an online WordPress blog for this unit, and a pre-existing Tumblr blog which I use intermittently to explore my own and new art.  The technical website will, in the end, and with a very limited time span, be restricted to one of these formats.  (When I first used computers, there was no internet, Logo was used to create basic pictures, we eagerly typed code from specialist magazines to produce the most basic games and programs, and the whole machine had a memory of 16 or 32 megabytes.   My computer has mainly been a tool for wordprocessing, databases and spreadsheets, email, and lately for research.  I am, as my WordPress persona suggests, a Luddite photographer.)

First page draft layout –

front page for proposal ss - the table

The pages photography pages linked with the main page may include:

Digital photo albums, glyphs, transition videos (e.g. using time lapse photography to show change).

Unfortunately, I don’t have the expertise to produce a web page using Dreamweaver or other similar software.  I also need to use a ‘free’ website rather than paying a host.

I have, for some time, subscribed to Marco Bohr’s Visual Culture Blog http://visualcultureblog.com/ .  This site is a showcase and critique artist photographers’ work.  The site itself is quite basic:  the content is thought provoking, eloquent, challenging and often aesthetically pleasing.

I’m not quite sure yet what the categories will be.  Initially, I considered that actual places would be highlighted – e.g. Corio Bay.  However, I believe that there may well be several types of category – places, purposes (e.g. industry, the arts), and also philosophical titles (e.g. change, the environment).

As the actual site is a vehicle for the online identity/art work, while I shall aim to make it as aesthetically pleasing as I can, the message is the greater aim.  Therefore, simple navigation will be essential.

Website locations; www.hlyth2013.wordpress.com  http://hflgeelongblog.wordpress.com/ http://testpageshfl.wordpress.com/

References

Blor, B, n.d., Visual Culture Blog: Images, Politics and Criticism by @MarcoBohr, WordPress blog, retrieved 17 September, 2013, http://visualcultureblog.com/ .

Oxford Dictionaries online, n.d., Definition of microcosm in English, Oxford University Press, retriieved 17th September, 2013, http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/microcosm .


[1] Microcosm: ·  a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of something much larger:the city is a microcosm of modern Malaysia

  • humankind regarded as the representation in miniature of the universe: the belief in correspondences between the Universe and Man—between microcosm and macrocosm

(Oxforddictionaries.com)

Aside – Week 12 – The reality morphed into something completely different.  See the result at www.geelongbybike.com.

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