My thesis focuses on my interest to understand how we document our experiences, and what happens when those documents are viewed by an audience. My background in photography, and the increase of communication via digital imaging and networked photographic devices, has lead me to research the image as a document of experience. More specifically, I want to explore how harnessing various data types in combination with the image, can enrich not only the process of documenting an experience, but also the ways in which others experience that documentation.
As a photographer, I have noticed that I spend a great deal of time documenting my day to day activities with my iPhone. The systems I am using display my images by time, embed geographical data, and allow me to submit my images into larger collections organized by the hashtag. In a time when we are inundated with images both in the digital landscape and the urban landscape, I am focused on the potential for control or a way to filter our experience with these images. As a designer, I have begun to see images as data, containers of information, that have many access points. I seek to discover what makes an experience with images more meaningful. Just as the caption for an image reveals information, I wish to develop a system where dynamic media is used to enrich that documented experience, as well as allow room for interpretation and exploration by the viewer.
My case studies will be designed to answer the following:
How can the systems we design shape the ways in which we document an event through images?
How can dynamic media provide the audience with a new avenue to participate in the documented experience?
What new platforms can we design for photography to immerse and engage our audience?