Here are 5 sketches and notes to illustrate my ideas for my photo manipulated image:
Archive for March, 2015
My chosen article focuses on the difficult task of students to pay their bills at the end of each week. It goes into detail on the amount that students can receive through StudyLink and compares the amount to previous years.
After reading the article, I have broken it down into some main ideas that I want to focus on. The communication objectives I want to convey with my image are the following: financial struggles for students, increased pressure, reaching breaking point, the difficulties of balancing demands of being a student.
In researching some images that could relate to my article, the theme of something costing ‘an arm and a leg’ came into my mind so this is something that I would like to play around with in my image. I also want to use clear symbols to represent money, such as coins, notes, wallets and piggy banks.
To communicate the main ideas of the article, I think that a main idea I need to get across is the idea of pressure boiling up and becoming too much. I want my image to really get across the difficulty that some students face when it comes to dealing with their finances and to show how hard it can be for students to support themselves while balancing their studies.
I am also aiming to achieve a surreal look with my image, where the image looks very real while being abnormal and strange, with a dark feel to it.
The image that I will create will be photo-real and put together with two or more images.
The article I have chosen is titled ‘Students cry poor but minister unmoved’.
Click HERE for article.
This article discusses the need for a raised amount of maximum living costs amount from StudyLink for students. It compares the cost of living with the amount that the government currently provides and shows that for students with no financial support other than these living costs, it is impossible to afford the cost of living without spending nearly all their available time in part time work, which leaves less time for focussing on their studies. The article shows the small increase in Living Costs since 1999 and explains that the increase does not fit with the increase in the cost of living.
I chose this article because it rings true for myself. I am currently flatting in Auckland’s CBD and have to work at least 14 hours a week to afford my rent and bills, on top of receiving living costs from StudyLink. I find balancing my studies with part-time work very challenging. I envy all those students who have the luxury to either still live with their families rent-free, or those who do flat but receive financial support from their parents.
With the image I create to summarise this article, I would like to emphasise the struggle with balancing full-time studies, part-time work, finances and bills, and trying to fit all this balancing into a tight time schedule.
Today in class, we agreed on a workflow to follow for this assignment.
Note that the concepts and production stages of the workflow are iterative.
I am currently still choosing a couple of ideas for my topic. I have also been using Pinterest to generate some ideas for particular photo montage techniques. I actually had a board already made as we did a similar assignment in Photography in high school. I have created a new one just for this project here. I just first need to find a topic/article.