This is not brilliant, far from it – but it is different, I dare say. Something I did now in the spring and finally I thought it is time to show it. Show that there are options – that it is not that hard to do something this simple, yet totally different. That there are possibilities outside the legacy print – other ways of visual, journalistic expression beyond the obvious.
It’s about as simple a web-design as you can have (no css, basically using just iFrames /embedding), but it works. If your browser does not display correctly, then sorry about that. But this is an experiment – and I am basically a photographer, not a coder. And it works with Mac and iPad, Safari and Firefox… and if you are using IE and Windows and… well, the obvious question is “Why are you?” :-)
It is also a very personal tale… But see for yourself, here we go. Click to see A Walk On the Memory Lane: Rock Summer 1988
And see below for technical aspects of this, some background etc.
About a year ago I was approached by mr. Markku Veijalainen, who told me he was planning a TV-documentary on the Rock Summer 1988 concert we were both part of over twenty years ago and asked me a) did I have any pictures left and b) would I be available for a short interview.
My answer was yes and yes… and I was immediately flown back in time twenty-two years. Memories, flashbacks… I got totally drawn into it. Anyway, I decided to do a small multimedia piece on it, sort of an experimental thing, using all the possible techniques/approaches I could think of. Make it as simple as possible – yet as diverse in terms of storytelling as I could.
Techical Side of This
So purely technically, let me walk you thru it. I’d never done anything like this – I don’t think anybody has – I didn’t know how to do it, but I figured it out along the way.
The splash screen and the panorama are the only ones using flash, so if you are using an iPad, there is a JS redirect on the links, so you won’t even notice it, but you are forwarded to an alternate page using static images and HTML5 CSS 3D – transformations for the panorama. The iPad version of the panorama is not very stable, probably due to the rather large cube faces.
So basically: very, very simple. Done with plugins or software with GUI, so very little coding necessary.
Well, because you can… :-) No, seriously: I try to speak in favor of alternate ways of visual storytelling and this is one attempt to that direction. That maybe – just maybe – our legacy media would start using something else than static images and masses of text as a form of expression one day. Maybe one day… YLE Teema was totally thrilled about this and their website eventually links to this content. There is kind of irony in that, don’t you think? The most innovative our our media, YLE Teema? Legacy print, hello?
History in Progress
I let my small multimedia do all the talking – but make sure you reserve the 20th August 2011 on your agenda as the documentary plus the whole concert will be then on – yes, you guessed it – on Yle Teema.
But I cannot resist the temptation of mentioning one tiny thing. It is the revelation I had when going thru my images (took me about a week to go thru all of them) that the past becomes history much faster than what we think. That something we think just happened yesterday becomes the living history of the nation much sooner than we ever thought possible.
I feel it was only a moment ago I was in Estonia. Yet, that guy who is in the image… Jesus, that was almost a quarter of a century ago. I still had hair, for one thing. And the way people dressed, what they ate, the newspapers on the walls… – my God, it seems it was a totally different era.
Very pragmatically, if there is one piece of advice I can give to my younger colleagues who are presently documenting the world they are living in: do it carefully, with respect… and archive you images properly. You won’t be sorry.