End of globalization? Pictures of my garden!

Flower in my garden
Flower in my garden

The discussion about Brexit made me realize that there might be an end to the globalization trend. People tend to give more weight to fear and threats and have nostalgic feelings about village-type of feelings of the midst of the previous century. It brings back the feeling of protection and privacy.
This inspired me to take some pictures of my own, secluded garden. More local is hardly possible. They were taken during a rainy day in June. On some of the leaves you can still see the rain drops. Here you will find the pictures of my garden. Please enjoy.
Globalization has brought us many things amongst which the Internet. Without this you would not be able to read this blog and see my picture. It makes sharing of knowledge and experience possible. In my opinion we are just at the start of further digitization of society, where location and time play a lesser role than communicating. Sharing my knowledge and experience both as a CS professor and as a photographer is on the top of my list. That is why I have my photography website.
I hope that the next generation can build further on the results we have obtained and the experiences we have gained and not based on nostalgic feelings about things that do not come back.

My photo book project: Storytelling with Pictures

Little boy in Huaraz
Little boy in Huaraz

This is a continuation of previous blogs on My photo book project. After discussing the Blurb platform to create and publish a photobook, I realized that I needed more knowledge of (graphical) design to make an attractive album. This resulted in the following challenge:

How to translate the emotions that are attached to the story I want to tell into a graphical form such as an album. 

Based on that I decided to look at Storytelling to bring across the emotions I experienced.
In the past, when I told a story it tended to be abstract. In my professional life as a scientist I have learnt that by making a story personal and concrete it is easier to bring the message across and easier for my audience to repeat the essence of the story to others.
By making it more personal it becomes authentic and by making it concrete it simplifies the story. By showing emotion, for example happiness or sadness, people feel connected and are open to receive the message behind the story.
The next step is Storytelling with Pictures. Like every story it should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It is also nice to introduce one or more characters. So, if you want to tell a story about a family trip:

  • first show some pictures while your family is preparing for the trip to a nearby river,
  • then some pictures of the essence of the trip, including specific details, like faces of your children enjoying swimming in the river, and
  • end with some pictures showing how your children felt after returning from the trip.

Learning all this, I realize now that I have to rethink the selection of pictures I had in mind for the album. My starting point was to take the pictures of Peru that had been accepted by Dreamstime. They are of high quality, however, they together do not tell a story. In a next blog I will tell you about finding the right pictures for the story I want to tell.
Above a picture that would never be accepted by Dreamstime (insufficient quality and lack of model release). It was taken while walking along Rio Paria (tributary of Rio Santa) in Huaraz in Peru. It will be part of the story about Huaraz.