Moblog - Community conversation on photography, literacy and group narratives.

"Moblogs are sites where people can upload mobile phone photographs and engage in social interactions. Web based media allow for users to become producers as well as media consumers. What role do the photographs play in the process of communication that occurs in moblogs? How do the everyday media practices that arise in such sites reveal what consumers make of the media they consume? When people communicate in moblogs, they draw on conventions used in mass media such as advertising, television, films, and newspapers, as well as snapshot photography and in photograph albums. The article argues that mobloggers remix and transform these conventions into a new vernacular, by remediating oral and visual modes of communication."

Gary introduced me to the world of Moblogging when I suggested a group or peer photo conversation idea I wanted to pitch to the university. He suggested that I think about how this could work in my own practise.

Certainly the idea of a continuous conversation where new images are produced and new thoughts are expressed is something very exciting to me. It confirms the ideas I spoke about previously when talking about how "reflective nostalgia does not follow a single plot but explores ways of inhabiting many places at once, and imagining different time zones".

This then led onto thoughts about to experience different time zones at the same time. We had a guest conversation with Nhung Walsh a few weeks ago where at the end we did a group selfie. This could have been seen as a photograph from different time zones at once. 

A "group" photo -  Gary McLeod

A "group" photo - Gary McLeod

The Moblog shares upon ideas of visual literacy and the authorship of the image. On reflection of visual literacy and exactly what is meant by that, I have realised that since the start of this masters programme, my visual literacy has increased more than I had thought. The way I talk about images and project ideas has become far more eloquent and concise than I ever used to be able to communicate.