Symmetry task

Symmetry in Architecture

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I like how this image turned out, I think as a one point perspetive shot it looks really good. Everything is symmetrical and I like the pillar just behind the desk. I also like the slight Asymmetry provided by the woman sitting at the desk, which I think makes the image more interesting as a whole. However I don’t like how grainy the image is, it couldn’t really be helped due to the low quality camera used to take the image, but I wish I could have made it better. I also dislike the window glare, I would have preferred it if there was a blank wall there or if the window didn’t have the glare and you could see out of it easily.

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This image I took a few years ago in Durham cathedral. I really like the way it looks, with the raised roof and designs on the pillars, the tapestries hanging on either side and the light pouring through the circular window. Some things that could be improved are image quality, this image was taken with an even lower quality camera than the one above, so it much smaller. I also feel that it’s not quite lined up correctly, due to me taking the picture very quickly (Photography wasn’t allowed in the cathedral)

Symmetry in Nature

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I like this photo as it combines architecture and nature in a way, with how the bridge is slightly overgrown. Like nature taking over once more. I also like how one half of the little island at the bottom is almost barren compared to the other, which is full of flora. Another thing I like is how it’s surrounded by water, it makes it feel isolated in a way. I think the way the bridge support acts as a line for the symmetry without going the whole way across the screen is nice too, and the fact that the image is taken from the top down, it can feel a little disorienting, like the water is flowing downwards and the island is sticking up in the air.

Symmetry in People

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This image I like due to the creepy atmosphere it gives off, the darkened hallways with the shadowy figure. I think the slight off centreing helps to give this eery feeling that something isn’t quite right. I like how the green trees are on either side of the figure as well, they sort of create the illusion of wings. Another thing that I like about this image is the lighting behind the figure, it seems warm and inviting while the figure seems dangerous and foreboding, it provides a nice contrast.

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This image was an attempt to capture symmetry in myself, using a mirror, I’m not 100% happy with it as I feel not enough of my face is visible on the left hand side and I don’t like how dark it is in places. One thing I do like is the reflection of the door in the mirror, which I think creates a nice effect, especially since it’s slightly distorted by the curve in the mirror itself.

Symmetry task

Group Ball Game Evaluation

In class today we had to participate in a ball game in which we had to move four balls while sticking with the following requirements:

  1. Nobody can hold more than one ball at the same time except to start the process.
  2. During the process, each person must touch each ball in the order: 1, 2, 3, 4
  3. Balls must be kept moving throughout the process
  4. No props allowed

Our team had a slight handicap for this challenge, as our group had 4 people in it and the task was initially designed for 5. So while most people had a simple task of moving the 4 balls between them, we had to be more creative with our solution.

Luckily one of our team-members found a loop hole in the brief, it didn’t say that the balls needed to be passed from team member to team member, or that everyone could touch the ball at the same time. This meant that as long as we keep the balls moving in our hands and made sure just to touch the balls at the same time, we wouldn’t be breaking any rules. Thanks to this we were able to complete the task in the fastest time.

Once the task had been completed we were told to go and improve our system somehow so that we could get a faster time. This lead to a lot of the other groups finding similar ways to complete it as we had, while we tried a slightly modified version of our original design. The second version wasn’t as fast I don’t believe, but it did keep the balls more stable and less likely to fall from our hands.

This task was designed to help improve our observation skills as well as our teamwork and co-ordination. This task also had the side effect of helping to improve our adaptability as we were down a member and so had to come up with a creative new solution to the problem at hand.

Group Ball Game Evaluation

Sound Project

In today’s class we were handed a number of household objects and told to create a beat with them to follow a tempo set by our teacher.  I was given a biscuit tin without a lid and with a rubber band wrapped around it. I found that pinging the rubber band created a metallic echo sound that kept with the temp nicely. I used a slight variation of this for the next task, in which we had to try and create a piece for a horror movie, using only the objects we had. People commented that my playing was the most noticeable part of the second task. And I was credited for creating the tempo for the task, allowing the other people taking part to easily find a place to slot in their own instrument.

Task 3 – Listen to 3 pieces of music and write about where they take you in your mind:

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, First Movement: When listening to this piece of music I thought of a large war, between nations, where the conflict had gotten so bad that sides were beginning to use Nuclear Weapons. I feel that my thoughts may have been influenced by the movie ‘Dr. Strangelove’ which we had watched just prior to this task.

Mozart’s Requiem: For this piece at first I thought of a captain walking around his ship as it sinks, then when the faster paced, louder segments begin I thought of the camera panning around to show the chaos as things fell from tables and passengers fled towards lifeboats

Mozart’s Lacrimosa: For this piece I thought of a man who has just committed a heinous crime and is now being marched towards a court house to face his trial in which he will most certainly be found guilty.

Bibliography:

Rosa Nera (2008) Mozart – Lacrimosa. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1-TrAvp_xs (Accessed: 6 February 2017).

madhammu (2009) Mozart – Requiem. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi8vJ_lMxQI (Accessed: 6 February 2017).

castout888 (2008) Beethoven’s 5th symphony. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4IRMYuE1hI (Accessed: 6 February 2017).

Sound Project