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hoji01David Dunkley Gyimah has completed a video for Voice ofChange, a piece which
composer/conductor Shirley Thompson scored to commemorate Barack Obama’s
first 100 days.

Voice of Change will be played at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, Thursday
30th April 2009 at 7.45 pm.

Above is University of Westminster music lecturer Kienda Hoji watching
Obama’s inauguration from the university’s journalism school.

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9000 words or so of writing due soon, also a website and a 7 minute film.

Plenty to do around here and feeling burried alive.

Reading Michael Rosenblum this morning and I realize
the pace is only going to get faster.

Time to automate and streamline but how? Still
working on that.

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To my left in this photograph is colleague Baya Agarwal.

We are taking London’s Metropolitan Line back to Northwick
Park tube station where the University of Westminster is located.

Lots to do and only two weeks left to finish!

We were sleeping on the train Sunday afternoon on our
way back shooting in central London for our 7-minute
documentary film.

Almost have all the footage we need. Now back to the
time line!

Special thanks to Karla Molina, also a colleague on the
doc project, for the photograph.

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Photography is deceptive and that’s what makes it so powerful.

I Heart Film complimented the image in yesterday’s post saying it
had nice color. He should know.

His blog shows a variety of pictures that make great use of
color and light.

Something that struck me was a quote from Duane Michals
displayed in the top right corner stating that photography is
about appearance, but, “nothing is what it  appears to be.”

This is photography’s essence.

The Aurora Borealis

My image above of the Aurora Borealis reminds me constantly
that photography is not necessarily reality.

No, I didn’t fabricate or exaggerate this image in Adobe Photoshop.
The Aurora happened one November night in 2004 over Southern Indiana.

It was extremely rare.

When I look at the image though, I am reminded of two experiences.

The first, is how it appeared to my eyes, the tones in the sky more muted
and the sky looked like deep water from below, the light barely illuminating
it. The second experience is how it appeared in the digital image.

Color

The color in my image is more saturated than it appeared to my eyes>

Again, no I didn’t hammer the saturation slider in Photoshop as far
to the right as it go. I didn’t spend hours toning the picture to
get every last bit of red and green possible out of it.

Rather the image picked up more red than was visible to my eyes.

I think this had to do with the exposure being 11 seconds which
allowed the camera to pick up more color than what was visible.

Neither version of the event is the absolute truth. Both are
representations.

Photography and Truth

Truth in photography is still a controversial subject.

There are photographers like Lego guru Balakov who have
taken an interesting slant on it.

In Smile, a three month old post of mine I wrote about how I
thought Balakov’s images question the originals which they
immitate.

I can’t draw any definite conclusions on just how honest any
particular image is.

Like Michals admits, appearances can be deceiving.

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As our family dog for more than 16 years, Stinky earned his name
because he loved to roll in any manner of filth, usually bringing it
onto our carpets and couch.

Dogs are amazing. The unconditional love and loyalty Stinky showed us made
up for any odor he ever brought into our house.

He came to live with us from an animal shelter.

Stray dogs and cats continue to be a problem throughout the United States
which is unfortunate because they make great pets.

Stinky was more than a dog and a good photo subject. He was a member
of our family. We miss him.

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London’s Metropolitan Line runs outside my room
window. Here’s what the view looked like after a
rain storm not long ago.train01

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