Date 8 Feb Activity Day III
Group : Photography
|Activity||The day started with a visit to al-Nimer palace in the old city. The group has previously met with the guide from the researcher team and two students who lead them to document the old palace, the Jasmeen neighbourhood and an old soap factory nearby. The group has been taking picture and experience practical work in the field. During this training the learn how to set a picture from different angles, with different light and how to use the focus function. After the lunch they came back to the centre and they had a session in the working room choosing and editing picture for the exhibition and for the final archive. Every participant took part in the analysis of his and others pictures discussing together for each picture the logic of the choice. This work due to the amount of pictures analysed and discussed lasted more then two hours and half
|Outcomes||We asked one of the participants to describe to us the outcome of the daily activity. They learn on the field:
– What a photographer needs
– What a photo needs to be communicative
– How to choose a frame
– Why we don’t need “perfect pictures”
– How to express yourself with a picture
– How to deal with people during taking pictures especially with subjects.
And on the laboratory:
– How to set a logic for choosing pictures
– How to select picture
– How to think to an Exhibition
|Participant feedback||For some of the participants the visit to the old city was the first time to enter so deeply inside it. A participant from Hebron another old city of Palestine was for the first time visiting the old city of Nablus and she thought a comparison with Hebron old City. In her comparison she noticed that even Nablus is more abandoned and destroyed then Hebron the old quarters and palace make this town a very interesting for all Palestine and an important part of its historical heritage. The other observation that she made is that although Hebron old city is more restored comparing to Nablus, is of more difficult access due to the Israeli occupation of the town around the Ibrahimi mosque and the presence of many Israeli settlements inside it.
For all the participant then, working in a group composed of international was very stimulating to learn different cultures and way of thinking and very confortable.
|Problems||There was only a logistic problem during the visit, the group too big for visit soap factory and they had to split in small groups in order to can enter the place and take picture more comfortably.
Group : Video
|Activity||The videomakers in this second day of field work they work all together in one troupe. Altough the fear of the trainer that working with a bigger group would have create more problems, the daily work was done without any complications, instead the workshop as the filming activity has been participated by the student all with the same enthusiasm and same efforts. The daily programme was to film the inside of the Turkish bath and to make an interview with an old man working there, to document an important feature of Nablus old and contemporary city.
After this place the troupe continued its filming tour in the surrounding neighbourhood to reach an old sweet factory. The students assisted by the trainer filmed this old artisan shop and the shop of a upholsterer nearby.
The work was very easy and the understanding of the idea of filming was more developed by the students who could improve themselves in filming and setting the stage. This day the students felt more comfortable with the technique as they where more involved in the shooting.
In the afternoon from 15:00 to 17:00 the trainer started the lesson on movie editing in the editing room of the center. That was an open lesson to which attended lot of the training’s participant also from the photography group. With the excuse of starting editing the film shooted until this point, for the final product, the trainer showed to the participants the editing technique on Final Cut program. They learn how to work on timeline, how to render the movie and work with subtitles and sounds and many other features of this editing software.
|Outcomes||For both the students and the trainers this was a very fruitful day for what concerns the learning process and the practical implementation of it. Was also fruitful from the theoretical point of view because if some of them improved their ability to build a set the others experimented how to prepare and carry out an interview.
The theoretical lesson, which lasted more than three hours, was very participated and interesting.
|Participant feedback||Very good coordination of the fieldwork and direction of the shooting activity. Interesting and stimulating learning process because most of them went through activity they never did. Finally the group vibe was very positive and cooperative with a clear division of tasks and roles that made the team working good together.
|Problems||No problem day|