1984: Big Brother was watching you…
…but he didn’t have much footage to share with anyone else.
Now, digital tentacles are reaching everywhere.
Cameras are exposing more and more as their access and accessibility spread. Today two news reports really got me thinking about their value.
One report revealed footage of the unbelievable abuse of youths in a Northern Territory detention centre; the other showed a lady’s poor dad suffering elder abuse in an Australian nursing home.
Words are powerful but sometimes they can be dismissed with disbelief or ‘victim blaming’.
Victim blaming is a devaluing act that occurs when the victim(s) of a crime or an accident is held responsible — in whole or in part — for the crimes that have been committed against them.
Pictures are very helpful. I read an article that said people are more likely to pay money into an honesty box if there was a pair of eyes watching them, even if the eyes were just 2D pictures stuck on a wall.
But a single photograph may be passed off as ‘photoshopped’ or selectively cropped.
Film footage of course is just as susceptible to fakery, but moving images from a reliable source grab more attention than words or a photo alone.
The rising tide of awareness about humanitarian, animal welfare and environmental issues owes a great deal to the rising availability of cameras and the internet.
2024: Make sure you go out wearing undies…
Big Brother and Sister will be recording everything…
1. Start with a tired dog. Run with him, play with him, whatever you have to do to get him to relax. It will make a world of difference when it’s time to settle him down for a photo.
2. Look for the light! You want the light to fall on the dog’s face and if possible, you want a bit of a reflection in the dog’s eyes (called a catchlight). So if you’re using window light, have the dog face the window rather than turn his back to it.
3. De-clutter the background. Less is more.
4. Stay on the dog’s eye level. You need to get down so his eyes are level with yours.