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.
Harnessing various data types in combination with the image, enriches the process of documenting an experience and 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 in the digital and urban landscapes, I am focused on the potential for control or a way to filter our experiences with these images. As a designer, I have begun to see images as data, containers of information, packages for stories and memory 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 experiences in the digital and physical space 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 are designed to investigate how dynamic media can be used to design systems and platforms for photographs, documents of experience, where audiences are immersed, engaged, and invited to participate with photography in new ways.