Week 8 – The next step

Looking back to the start of this project I can see that social media shares an integral part to the basis of today’s current world. The different abilities that it has towards connecting and disconnecting itself, is one that has allowed me to explore within the developed work. Positive feedback from different users, has enabled me to create different experimental pieces that further amplify the issue. Targeting various people by means of hash tags I created a small community that filters within my perception of virtual connection.



Before Setting off with this project I thought that the digital sphere that I was used to mainly that of Facebook was the only communicative social interaction that I could reach out to an audience. Having been forced to move away from Facebook and direct my reach in other social media platforms, it has truly showed me how limited and close minded is the Facebook sphere. Something that individuals in Malta have not truly yet explored.

What will happen Next?

I am very positive with this approach and through this experiment, I was able to acknowledge that the subject at hand is very elaborate and further investigation will reach into places that I have not yet discovered. In the coming months I would like to further explore and investigate these platforms within exposing the dichotomy that this interaction allows. Through my own brand identity as a freelance designer I will push and work into evolving my name towards projects as #thesocialreality under the name of michelinmission.

#2 thejourney

Throughout the past two weeks, I have worked upon discovering and analysing the element of social reality within the eye of a mobile phone. Through this development I started to formulate ideas that move along the elemental quality of living within such a contemporary setting of engaging and exploring the possibility to communicate with one another.

Within the work that I developed, a recurrent influential element transmitted from one work to the next. The element of constant detachment and connection, started to bring out the elemental dichotomy of the whole situation. The beauty that such a medium and interaction allows, ventures within the difficulty to resolve into the ability to connect from one matter to the next.

The sense of numbness and vernacularity that this work is providing, unveils a clear insight to the reality we are all engaging with.


Follow the process on Instagram @thesocialreality – daily uploads are shared following this dichotomy.


09 ENIGMA Film Production


The video Enigma is a work that documents and narrates an experience that is made up of multilevel degrees of contrasting parallels. Such a narration finds its roots and initiation in a static apparition of an ash tree that is placed, repeated several times within the same shoot. The viewer has no idea what is going to happen and thus the apparition of the opulent eye stands as a contrasting undertone that is quickly disturbed by the denser tree shoot that marks a significant contrast with the light tone trees exposed in the initial entry shoot. The eye stands as a blinking transition to the following development.
Although the viewer has no vacant notion of what the whole thing is about, the music directs the focus towards an internal part of a persona. The ambience upon which such a person is reliant and finding itself in does not seem to confine well, thus the round motion brings out an ideology of disorientation. The swinging and roundness found in shapes becomes denser and more constant as the film moves further. This elemental quality allows the viewer to become increasingly anxious and still unaware of what will happen further on to the next sequential shoots.
Time finds no sense of functionality as the sequence is pushed back and forth. Motion has no sense of space and is directed into revolving sequential narrative that makes the viewer think and sink deeper into the allegory that is found within such a persona. The only calming parallel that is seen within such a chaotic environment is the hands and the gestures that the persona is capable to establish.
This establishing shoot makes an initiation to more subtle shoots that eventually become increasingly effective through the development of such a narrative. The elemental quality of water and focus stands as a significant part of the development which tries to resolve the pre sequential environment that previously did not elude a sense of belonging. The environment is deeply evaluated and the following shoots bring out a new tonal element for this concept video. The inner qualities of different anatomical features that are distributed within different shoots bring out the inner formations that are of awakening for the persona within the narrative.
The saturated tonal values, allow the viewer to acknowledge the layered tones that such hues distribute to the elemental meaning of the shoots presented. The silhouette effect found within sheds an increasingly significant outline for such tonal shade. The persona within such a shoot finds a constructive freedom that is still undermined with the situation that it is facing. The oppressive yet playful act of bringing out geometric forms makes the whole thing interesting to value and keep in mind.
Although the narrative moves into a development that resolves into something of more aesthetical value to it one is able to still question the purposes of such a formation. The persona is the only motivator that can control the passage of time. A sudden glimpse of the subject takes motion and we are able to get into the inner physicality of this perspective. Movement follows a sequence that is recurrent from one stage to the next of the narrative.
Time starts to follow an increasing pace that allows the viewer to move into another stage of the narration. The sudden and drastic formation of such shoots make the viewer feel uneasy and unable to establish sense from the narrative that he is unconsciously trying to solve. Yet like before the faithful hand and the small beads stand as a relevance of such turmoil. The change in angle shoot brings out a significant understanding of such a narration.
Although everything stands as over passing and chaotic for the viewer the narrative finds tranquillity in this mayhem, that is phased in through taking the perspective of the camera shoot. The subtle light and opening up of doors and windows make the viewer anxious to know the purposes of such a development. Moving into light or into darkness?
The dragging waves that stand on the sea bed, let the viewer wonder the existentiality of such a scenario. Where has the persona vanished? The eye is foreshadowed again, and one can see that the inner sense of such a situation brought out an acknowledgement of something. Time and space are never as straight forward as one would appreciate to be.
But such a narrative allows the viewer to understand that life is a series of confusion and there is no sense of mundanely in its relevance. The depth of such images will always remain a mysterious allegory that only the voice within can shed an honest understanding of all the chaos presented.

07 Film ILFORD documentary PRE TESTING


 Planning Outcome

In today’s session we have focused on the main technical problems that we have currently within the place that we are going to film next week.

Construction demolition is taking place next to the College institute thus we have to find a way how to reduce such a noise. The noise of jack hammers and big demolishing machines create a huge resonance that can be of great distraction when working in the Film studio and the Black and White dark room. Trying to figure out a schedule and a way to work with resolving such a problem is an important asset that we have discussed in great depth in today’s class.

After focusing on sound problems we shifted on the technical light equipment that we need to assemble during the filming days in the darkroom. Having a clear outline of the light aspects that we are required to light up has enabled us to understand in depth the footage and how to tackle such a production. Sound systems and technical aspects such as levels of pitches that might affect sound have been discussed and we should look out for such technical difficulty if construction continues within the same days that we will be working on.

After outlining the main significant issues concerning the whole production next week, we were given roles and time slots upon which we could work in team and get the footage in a high standard manner. Crew distribution has been shared equally in order that everyone has a take on different task thus enabling us to have a broad understanding of the whole thing.



T&P 2A- Outcome 3- Music and Light Development 3- Page 12-13

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The clean aesthetic that this work brings out sheds a deeper understanding of my personality with the piece of Grappelli and his sound. The music Evokes a sense of liberation that brings out a development of such sort. The main principles are connected within each other and I am working hard to reveal the true energy that will transcend from one viewer to another.

The touch of bow pressure together with the beautiful sound of vibrato resonates within the structure that one can see from the above results. The poignant and beautiful abstraction that results make me feel deeper upon this connection that I am striving to achieve.

SP 2A- Outcome 4- Development Work 4 – Page 13-14

Working on the concept of detachment and the idea concept of distinction in time and space I produced a series of work that justify these qualities. These works show an extensive and under layered idea of distinction between me and the space that I relate to everyday.

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Through each and every narrative I would like to capture and encapsulate something that will eventually summon the whole exposure of this journey through the final work selection.

Some more results co related to the work that I am processing.

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Outcome having obtained a huge amount of results I am looking through the final concept analysis that will eventually mark the final works.

More work to be reviewed and posted soon.

SP 2A- Outcome 4- Work Development 3- Pages 7-8

After extracting and analysing  in deep terms the work I have done so far, I was given an interesting outlook that I will further investigate in the promising series of works. The concept of detachment is still one of the keywords that stand behind the evaluated concept but through this I would like to explore the mental vs physical outcome of such a detachment. A detachment that I have been state facing its narrative to the audience to understand and in clear ways outline my view to the subject. The next challenge that I will be delving into is that of exposing a series of work that still narrates the same idea analysis but with a deeper and more intrinsic output.

The viewer has to feel and deeply acknowledge the detachment through a physical state and thought that I will explore in my investigation. The inner self has to be justified and outstretched in a manner to get my message and acknowledgment of this circumstance.

In the work I am proposing now, is that of remaining within the same point and space but exposing the unsettling and disorder that lies within the photo itself. No sense of order but a sense that will expose the inner turmoil of such a detachment. All of this justifies further the concept and allows me to express in the viewer the way I portray it.


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nspirational work that I found related to this approach and ideology:

A.Lee Fraenkel:

Idea of dividing the space and constructing a different ideas on top of each other


Work searched and process:

B.Robert Heinecken:

Are you Rea. 1964-68

Costume for Feb.’68.1968

Periodical #5. 1971

T&P 2A- Outcome 2- Science of Light – Page 41-49

Light is a crucial element that enable us to produce photos. It is thus a source that is crucial for a photographer to analyse and acknowledge its principals and functionality.

Digital Cameras found into today’s era function with a different light sensibility from the film cameras that were utilized extensively before. Digital SLR cameras have a sensitive CCD sensor or CMOS sensor. Through this sensor light is detected and images are thus produced.

Auto White Balance has the ability to decide the Colour cast of the particular scene of shoot. In each and every digital camera a colour cast is pre set from the factory.  The famous Kelvin has acknowledge and studied into depth the notion of Light source and the temperature that comes within such an element. He was able to acknowledge that the light in the morning vs that of the sunset had different tonal quality with variable heat capacity.

DEGREE KELVIN SCALE of daylight is thus 5,200 degree/K.

Thus the whitest part of an image is a significant and important part for a photographer to measure. This is because white has no colour cast as it is the clearest point.

Colour Casting is a significant part for one to analyse as it provide a constructive elemental feature in the work that one will be able to produce. Van Gogh’s work is a good example for one to evaluate. His work justifies and brings into life how deeply significant is the acknowledgement and study of colour range temperature.  The accurate and closer one is able to bring out from the colour temperature the real and more refined the result will be.


Blonde 2000K

HMI 650K

In this Workshop we have investigated and brought into light 3 different light sources. The initial work has been processed through an incandescent; fire burning light that heats up quickly. Such a light has a degree of resistance that produces an orange colour cast.

– Blonde, 2,000K- 3,000 Degree/Kelvin

-Red Head ( younger sister of the blonde hehe) 650 W

Through a Blue filter placed in front of such light sources one is able to produce a Daylight like temperature of 5,200 Degree/Kelvin.

The second Light sources that we investigated was that of the cool HMI- Discharge light source. Such a light source has principles that allow it not to get hot and remains stable all the time. Such a light source is good for producing Stop Animation with, as it provides same light intensity. A filter or a soft box is needed to produce a daylight effect or a cloudy effect light. NB when the bulb is warming up the colour is that of deep Blue as this intensifies it changes into a purer hue.

The final light source that we were able to analysis was that of the LED light source. Such a technology is one that will eventually overtake in the near future. Such a light has a wide range of light which produces soft shadows. Such a light source is extensively employed in a film based quality of light.

Testing Different Light Sources:

Light Source HMI with Soft Box on

AWB 02

AWB- Auto White Balance

Cloudy 02

Cloudy (6000K)

Custom 02 - Without the White Balance set up

Custom Done without White Sheet TESTDAYlight 02                                                            DAYLIGHT (5200K)Flash 02                                                            FlashShade 02                                                            Shade (7000K)Tungsten light 02                                                           Tungsten Light (3200 K)White fluorescent light 02

White Fluorescent (4000 K)

LED light Test 

AWB 01


Cloudy 01                                                           Cloudy (6000K)

Daylight 01

Daylight (5200 K)

Shade 01


Flash 01                                                           Shade

Tungsten Light 01

Tungsten Light (3200 K)

White fluorescent light 01                                                            White Fluorescent (4000K)

Custom White Balance Set up done with an HMI light source. 


White Paper Test Setup. Ideally The whole view finder is the full paper area. Make sure that the photo produce is that of white. Through menu setup one can configure the colour cast, and the below result was attained. Whilst doing this we had some initial problems bringing out a clear white photo. Through the employment of Blue, Green and Red we tried to balance out the scene and the problem was solved. 04 05

Working with Raw File and Bridge Processing

After taking a good number of photos in RAW format one should evaluate white balance colour cast that is subjective to the light condition that one puts his frame in. Through the conversion of raw file one is able to see the different colour temperature via the histogram either done through Photoshop or Capture One process.

As you can see below I have tested different colour temperature valued through the conditions presented in the following examples.

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Through this technique one is able to find and understand the the pre sets found within a camera and it auto white balance. Things and details can still adjusted within a raw file. The most significant adjustment that one can do through a raw file histogram is to target colour mainly those of R G B. This is a scientific way of how one should acknowledge colour in a camera and qualities it has within.

Within such a histogram one is able to vary colour values, shadows, highlights, exposure, contrast, tint etc. Any colour image is produced through the variant of R G B thus the main foundation of a formulation is within these hues.  It is thus the complimentary colours of the RGB that one can get when trying to attain a pure white balance understanding of an image.




This is a significant part of the functionality of a histogram. One should always be aware of what is happening within these hues.

R G B – when one attains the same number – thus the image has an overall of same white – thus mutualizing the same layers.

One should always keep in mind that over doing it during edited stages, might not be an ideal way of crafting one’s skill. When light condition etc are in raw wrongly attained one should always rework and re shoot for a better understanding.  All this will allow you to further acknowledge the analytical process and avoiding overdoing through digital means.


Through such a workshop I could further understanding the significance of colour temperature and the light surroundings that one takes for granted at times. In such a concept has allowed to understand the functional and broad investigation of different light casting. Each and every elemental principal of light should be increasingly investigated, as it will justify and profoundly effect the final photographic results of one’s perception.

Further Reading and Research:







T&P 2A- Outcome 2 Part 2 – Music and Light Development 1 & 2- Page 61-76

Test 2 :

In this test I wanted to connect works of Grappelli into one whole piece and show the continuation and flow that is found within such a work. The results that I have obtained brought out something that I would like to further justify and explore. The technical ability and light source mastering has showed me the direction upon which I would like my work to delve into.

These are the initial dialogues that I started to relate to when working with Grapelli’s Album – Django Reinhardt- Full Album.

I started to extract different points of these musical passages and followed this structure. Each photo has been initiated as according to the album structure.

Here I will show the distribution of sets that I was able to come up with as part of my development in this genre of music.


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2nd experimentation and development of my work.

S. Grappelli –  Djangology

This initial part of Grappelli’s work I have expressed the blossom like effect that in this soundtrack he brings out. The bold yet clear touch of string markings stand as a significant point to capture. The distinctive note like dots that follow each other shed an important aspect that I find is part of his work and mastery. The element of vibrato and tonal Jazz quality that he is able to create and formulate whilst playing render the sound into something that of sheer inspirational. The connection that I find within such a distinctive and structural yet profoundly abstract music evolves my self , into something that through these results I can justify it.

The work of Grapelli and his tonal qualities stand as an Analogy of life. Even though one might listen to this music over and over again, the ability and different thought processes that this music evokes resolves and brings into mind the deep intertwined abstraction that such a music retains in the anima of its essence. Life similar to this music is built up of multitudes of abstract levels that can never be perceived yet it has to be lived and resolved within harmonies that formulate our future.

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Further investigation will proceed from this direction of work and attribute. Light, Dark and Music are key factors that enable these compositions to become alive.

T&P 2A- Outcome 2 Part 2 – Music and Light Development 1 & 2- Page 52-60

In these works I evaluated different key musical genres and translated my inspirations through it.

Location: Dark Room and Artificial Torch Light


Indila – Dernière Danse

The initial music that I explored was that of Derniere Danse. This kind of music is one that is inspired me to formulate a woman like presentation. Whilst doing such a work I came into remembrance of archaeological roundness that is found within different mother goddesses in the prehistoric era, such as the ‘Venus of Willendorf’ and ‘The Fat Lady’. The Roundness made me connect to the high pitch that such a music physically exposes.



Polina Semionova : Ballet – H. Grönemeyer 

This music I found myself inspired to formulate it within clear and neat lines of abstraction. The boldness and elegance that is found within such a light and positive composition made revolve into such an expression. The boldness yet the clarity that i found myself listening to made me outburst in such a manner.  The string section has resolved in my head a distinctive line pattern  that resolved through a significant point of pressure.


Clean Bandit Rather Be part 2

Clean Bandit Rather Be

Rather Be- Clean Bandit

Is the contemporary sound music that many relate to in popular cultural. Having heard this genre for endless times I found it surprisingly that I still had a sense of beat within such a fluidity. The eccentric and elegant effect that I was able to approach is a physicality that I would like to further investigate.


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FireFlight – Unbreakable

This music and genre made me feel quite different towards my approach to light. The loud and deep bold rock feel to this sound has engage me within the coiling of a mass structure expression.



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Cinematic Orchestra -arrival of the birds

The exploration of such a music meant that I would express myself through a volume and dimentionality that is different from the rest. The amplitude and dynamic sound that such orchestra in such particular work exposes, evoked me in such a manner. Light stands as an important key feature that enabled me to compose something that was unique and bears something of individual interest that can never repeat itself.


After having explored a number of different musical genres, I tried to resolve into one genre that truly justifies and brings within a sense of energy to further investigate my expression of light and music within my individuality.

Looking through the results the most significant parts where I found a clear bound connection was that to do with orchestral, string section pieces. The elemental qualities and sound that such instruments evoke make me relate to my own experience in the musical field. The energy that I translate through music sound from the violin resolves in me a sense of connection that I would like to show and justify its relevance to the viewer.

One of the most inspirational and deeply touchly individuals that marked the way I regard music and the anatomy of it, was in fact Stephano Grappelli. This violinist imprinted a deep impression on me that I started to perieve the true beauty that lies within the musicality that stands in his name.

6. Using same artificial light and dark tonalities, I interpreted Grappelli’s – Stardust

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The distinctive features that such a music evokes in me brings out something that is of personal emotional impact. The results that I have maintained with such light quality is one that is still has to be worked and evaluated further more. The thick and bold elemental quality that such lines embrace are not fully engage with the same pitch that I would like it to result in.

Further investigation will allow me to explore and evaluate different light principles that will ultimately direct me to the development and investigation for my final shoots.