Photo Book

For the final outcome for my final assignment, I have decided to produce a photo book and a video. Based on what I have learned during this course, it seemed appropriate to have both an analog and digital version of my images. 

I have started to put together the layout of my photo book. It comprises images which have been intentionally glitched by me using either Audacity or Text Edit to manipulate data behind each image.  

 Each set of images will be accompanied by a QR code. This will provide a link to the original and glitched images. 

 

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Japanese stab bonding kit

To help me to create my book, I bought a Japanese stab binding kit (Above) from Amazon. It contained everything I needed and was really easy to use.

Responding to my Assignment 2 feedback, I made sure that my images were clear of the spine of the book.Also, whilst I was printing each page double-sided, I noticed that the QR codes were printed upside down. Instead of reprinting them, I liked the idea of it being similar to a glitch, and the QR codes still work anyway.

A change of direction

Digital identity is such a broad theme. I am finding myself refining my ideas. Whilst I was experimenting with some ideas for selfies, I went back to an earlier idea which involved overlaying a QR code over a self-portrait (below). It was by no means a finished product, but I wanted to see if it was possible. 

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QR codes seem to be appearing in more places at the moment. I find it fascinating that a black and white geometric shape can contain another layer of information, which is hidden from view. This idea of concealment made me think about how people are able to use digital means to hide their identity. 

Then, I wondered whether it was possible to use a similar image as above to create an active QR code, which could lead to another image. This is something that I hope to develop for my assignment. 

Steganography

In an earlier post, I mentioned how Quick Response (QR) codes appear to be not used to their full potential, especially in terms of photography. 

A QR code is a small square, made up of black and white squares. Similarly to a bar code, the. QR code can be scanned and link to other relevant information.  

If the QR code was part of a photograph, then it could be perceived as an invisible layer. I like the potential it could have for enabling the viewer to interact with the subject at s deeper level. This could include revealing a map of the photograph's location, or an audio clip that would provide a narrative. 

Despite these apparent advantages, having a black and white square on the photograph would obstruct the viewer from appreciating the image in its entirety. Ideally, I would want the QR code to be hidden.