Friday, November 7, 2008

"comm models: object postcard"final


Logan Smith said...

Positive/Negative: Your roller-skates are clearly sending a positive message.

How aesthetics guide understanding: The printed version actually turned out a lot darker, but even so, the metal is shiny, the skates are neatly lined up side by side as if they've been prepared for their next ride. They look clean, and the light cast on them is warm. They fill the frame; the perspective casts the skates as larger than life, like they could be a kid's christmas wish. Everything is visible, but the one point in sharp focus is the little metal bolt under the toe, which reinforces the message that the skates are sturdy and in ridable condition.

Categories of transmission used: Well, since the message is transmitted through an image and not a person, it isn't presentational. It is representational and mechanical, because it is using a mechanical medium to display a representational image.

Noise: The shadows could be seen as noise, possibly skewing the intended message. At first glance, that was the only thing causing me to doubt the image as being positive. The skates are not in clear view, they're recognizable as skates, but much of them are hidden, either by the lighting or the frame. But the longer I look at it, the shadows, combined with the warm shiny metal and the dated design of the skates adds a level of wonder and mystery. Again, reminding me of a child's imagination.


hmm.. I think all those are valid and I see what your saying in the shiny reflection off of the metal giving a positive response.. BUT. I was actually going for a negative approach believe it or not. Im pretty sure I failed at that though.. my message was intended to give this perspective of being on the ground. somewhere where you dont want to be on skate.. skates actually run things over and I thought the worms eye view would provoke that sense of danger being that close to the wheel.. but I now see what you were saying in the relationship to a christmas present possible being on display. in which i tried to use lighting to negate this and not show if actual feet were in the roller blades.. what do I do now?

Logan Smith said...

I see... So the skates are big! I got that right. But they're not scary. I think using the shadows differently, more dramatically, higher contrast. If the idea is these skates could harm you, run you over like a worm, it might require feeling more underneath the skate rather than in front. And since both skates are in the frame, I read that as important for some reason. The skates could be in motion, or the viewer could be directly in the way of the skate.