Historically, the photo has been perceived as a media of truth - a replica of reality. However, most contemporary people are aware that nearly all photos are staged to some degree. Over the last decades, the possibility of digitally manipulating photos has increased exponentially.
In Denmark, nature and the concept of nature are subject to manipulation as well and not a single piece of land exists that hasn’t been manipulated.
Through work with manipulation of photos from the school’s surroundings using the panorama function on an Ipad or an Iphone camera, we want to raise the students’ awareness of photo manipulation and how this affects the story a photo tells. The learners will get hands-on-experience with photo manipulation and get to produce creative, written work inspired by their photos.
As an end product, a digital book featuring all the students’ photos and stories will be produced and shared within the school or with international partner schools.
The teacher will begin the workshop by giving a short introduction to photo manipulation and its historical development.
Next, the students will be introduced to different panorama photos and asked to observe and reflect on what they see.
Then the possibilities of manipulating photos using the panorama function in either an Ipad or an Iphone camera will be introduced.
After the introduction to the purpose and the technical aspects of the task. the learners will have 40 minutes to produce three manipulated photos in the following structure:
After this, the learners will be given 45 minutes to share their photos with the teachers (airdrop) and produce a text to accompany the three photos in the following structure
An idea is to use the structure “Diamond Poem”:
Finally, the learners will present their work and receive feedback from their teachers and peers. This process can be both heavily structured or more learner-paced. We have good experiences with a learner-paced reflection process where they get to share their own experiences and through this inspire others to do the same.
Ipads/Iphones, photos of the surroundings, different items from the school.
Jesper Olsen (artist), Nicolai Kjærsgaard Andersen, Viola Grundmann, Thomas Mogensen (students), Anna Bruun (lecturer) University College of Northern Denmark
Examples of learners working
Examples of manipulated photos and stories:
At a sunny and windy day, the girl Mille was going to water the bushes with Kirstine's bottle In front of her big red house so the bushes did not dry out. She became very happy after she had watered the bushes. Then she gave the bottle to Kirstine
Mille gave the water bottle to Kirstine. Then Kirstine went to cycle. She cycled a very long and hard trip. when she came home she realised there was only two drops back in the bottle. She got really angry. She poured the drops out of the bottle in the hope of a bit more water was in the bottle. She got very angry at Mille. But Mille apologized, then they became friends again
Christian was about to come home from the most awesome park in the world it was sooo huge but earlier that day he ate something it was called a peyote it tasted fine but it feels like my arm is pretty ill and it smells like sh*t but it tasted fine but my arm his arm started grow it looks like a vulcan that is about to explode it was growing bigger and bigger
And when he was nearly home the arm where bigger than the whole world
his vision started to look weird it was like water was all over him but there was sounds too it sounds like a bird screaming and he was a about to fall but he got this weird taste in his mouth it taste like a lemon and a melon in a mix but then he falled to the ground he woke up 2 hours after his arm was bigger than the world and he slapped the whole world and the world where burning down of course it was a mistake he slapped the world but it was awful every thing burned he needed to cut his arm off before it did more harm he took a knife and cuttet it off and saved the world but it was still burning he took the fire extinguisher mixed it with some of the peyote and then it was growing very big bigger than the world maybe the universe who knows ? but then it extinguished the fire and the world was completely safe