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"Being Photographed"

From: Jake Warga
Length: 05:17

A radio story about being photographed

Wargadock_small I was photographed for the NYTimes for an article about Transom.org. I don't like to be photographed, so in an act of media retaliation I recorded the experience for radio. It's an exercise in the accuracy of representation. Mixed Narration and Tape of photographer.

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I was photographed for the NYTimes for an article about Transom.org. I don't like to be photographed, so in an act of media retaliation I recorded the experience for radio. It's an exercise in the accuracy of representation. Mixed Narration and Tape of photographer.

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Idyllic and fun

Everyone thinks that someone else's job is "idyllic and fun," and everyone sees themself as unprofessional. On a side note, I hope you have an iPhone or Android that you use as a backup for that sweet minidisc recorder. :-)

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Review of "Being Photograhed"--Storytelling

I have learned over the years that listening to your subject’s is key to a good photograph. Sometimes, in my opinion, you get too involved in your own pre-visualization of what you think might make for the perfect image – and not hear the subject’s wishes. The choice of place/the consideration of lighting may be easy for the photographer and yet difficult for the subject. I might have stuck with the comfort (zone) of the subject, the coffee shop (the clicking of the cups/spoons – ambient restaurant background and mumbling of patrons) this might have been just fine – for storytelling; then I would have asked for what I wanted with the seascape/’dock of the bay ‘ image. I am not sure how the subject might have looked but I suspect the comfort zone would have been revealed in the images—the real documentation might have come through—again, my opinion. Radio production is difficult … as illustrated in this really nice piece. I hear from the narrator, and can visualize more than I “see”. All that said, I believe the producer did a fine job meeting his objective and working around the photographer's objectives. I do hope I am clear in my comments.

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Review of "Being Photographed"

i caught this out of the blue today and really enjoyed it. very honest and transparent. the use of the crackling messed up minidisc tape was good. all very meta.

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http://www.iht.com/articles/105856.html