This is my first attempt on something that I have been planning to do for a while. A multimedia series of photographers, legends of their own time and era… Pictures and stories behind them. Told by the photographers themselves.
I will try to make this into a series – would be pretty impressive to make a series of say 20-30 photographers in this type of multimedia format. I will definitely try to do it – I am looking for some funding for it as well, as anything of this magnitude would require several people working on it.
But, presently I am doing it just like this, by myself… Why? Well, because I feel it is a project which should be done – and somebody has to take the first step. Sort of say by doing it: isn’t this cool, shouldn’t we be doing more stuff like this?
It is also part of the Photo Raw project I was talking about in my previous post – and these multimedia will be an integral part of our new website when we launch it later on.
And yes, this is a Beta – or “Version 1.o” if you like. But even at this stage, I am rather happy with the result. Simple, yet non-linear and intuitive interface. And it works with an iPad – or iPhone, for that matter.
I chose Pentti Koskinen who couple of years ago retired from Helsingin Sanomat as my first subject. Along the years our paths have crossed numerous times. I remember e.g. shooting from a helicopter together a major train accident in Hyvinkää one sunny sunday morning in the early nineties and the occupation of the Lithuanian TV tower in Vilnius in 1991 – both assignments which are hard to forget.
And even though these were years ago – and I am no kid anymore myself – he was working professionally already years before I was even born… :-)
I have a very high respect for his career and I had heard him talking about his pictures previously so I knew some of the stories – but I was dying to hear some more. So click here to view the multimedia I came up with – or better: WE came up with.
But a word of warning: Patience – My Dear Reader – Patience. This is no MTV. This is not cut, cut, cut… all packaged into a 2:30 min. with canned music on the background, with fancy FX’s. No: this is storytelling. Real stories, real people – along with some legendary images.
Taking It Further
I already have some ideas how to take this further, how to introduce some more elements into the narrative, but I decided to leave those aside for the time being. He is having a retrospective exhibition opening in Helsinki tonight, so I have a deadline myself.
I shot the last images yesterday and edited the material as well – to my best ability – last night and it is not at all as smooth as I would have liked it to be. Lots of finesse missing there…
I deliberately mention this as I do have a pretty solid excuse. I had some titanium screws and -wire applied to my right shoulder last week (yup, getting older is a bitch…) and being right-handed I could not operate the camera as I would have liked to do – and even more importantly and maybe surprisingly: using a mouse was literally a pain, so I could not make nice transitions, fancier keyframing, etc. to make it a bit more animated in the editing stage – because my arm refused to cooperate.
And having done the final edit last night, I cannot presently use the mouse at all… so I am using a separate trackpad at the moment, as my fingers still do move – while my hand does not… and I have an icepack on my shoulder…
But after all this whining… I am pretty happy with the result. No, that’s an understatement: I’m real happy and also proud of it, damn it. ;-)
It’s not your basic two-minute visual WOW-thing. No, it’s non-linear and it takes closer to an hour to listen to the whole thing – if you choose to do so. But I’d say it’s worth it. But that’s just me.
My personal favorite? Maybe the seal-hunting story – or then the 1972 Munich massacre, when he was the only photographer inside the athletes’ village. But, you tell me?
I’d really appreciate feedback on this: ideas how to make this better or take it further, etc.