Audio exercise & Scott McCloud Understanding Comics

There are very few exercises/blog writings that I intentionally skip (I may have inadvertently missed one or two from the very beginning of C&N and part 4).  I feel hugely uncomfortably about recording conversations – telling someone that I am recording will change the conversation and not saying anything about recording broaches a boundary that I didn’t know I had. I suppose it’s useful to know that there are at least some hard edges to my apparently generous comfort zone.

I chose instead to read Scott McCloud’s book “Understanding Comics”. I wish I’d read this earlier in C&N, it made me think about the balance between text and images, the interaction of both with the frame, and the value and potential of the space in between frames. There’s a balance to be achieved between text and image, they don’t need to say the same thing. If one is explicit and anchors the message the other can take flight. Of course this fits with anchor and relay, but I understand it better now. The narrative part of “Context & Narrative” continues to develop in my understanding long after I thought I was coming to the end of the course. Obviously the learning is a long way off done.


6 thoughts on “Audio exercise & Scott McCloud Understanding Comics

  1. Silvia Szucs Photography October 5, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    After finding myself this morning thinking about how morally disturbed I feel about this exercise, reading your post I get some relief. Never thought of trying to find a different way to explore it. Thanks for that!

    • Kate October 5, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      yes, it had been on my mind for a while and I decided to document my thoughts. I’m not sure the book is a straight substitution in learning terms but I’ve shown willing….

  2. Catherine October 6, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Good for you Kate. I certainly didn’t do the exercise but have a vague recollection of writing about misunderstandings in communication – who said what when kind of thing. Much more constructive to spend the time instead on something really useful for you.

    • Kate October 6, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      It’s interesting, isn’t it, especially considering that most of us record people visually via photographs without seeking their consent at one point or another.

  3. dbphotographyblog October 12, 2018 / 4:58 am

    I rarely skip exercises—even the exercises I find a little uncomfortable. That said, I really have a problem with taking photos of people who are unaware that they are being photographed (my next exercise). I know it’s such a small thing to most people but, for me, it is incredibly invasive (we each have our own opinions, I guess). After reading this, I’m thinking I may skip that exercise after all. Perhaps, instead, I’ll look at examples of this kind of photography to justify how I feel about it. Interesting post, Kate.

  4. sarahdandrews October 15, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    Always interesting. Thanks Kate.

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