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Senior Proposal

Fall 2016

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Jared Eden

JJay | Updated Outline

INTRO

  • “I am a Leaf”
    CUE
  • Interacting with nature,
    rather than merely capturing it
    allows us to develop deeper
    intimacy with our surroundings.
  • I’ve found writing to be a good method for me to do so.
    CUE
  • Two stories
    • I went on a Creative Retreat this fall
      • top of a hill overlooking the lake
      • the breeze – not quite autumn, but crisp
      • hear the birds
      • hear the tide
      • hear the leaves
      • hear katie making noise next to me
      • warm sun on my face
      • cold wooden chair under me
    • I went to Vail this summer
      CUE

      • Friend showed me everything
      • so much to do so little time
      • no chance to reflect or soak it all in
      • somehow able to post updates to snapchat and instagram
      • all those photos are gone now
  • Society tells us it’s popular to see nature in one way, but I’m telling you that there’s so much more to “see” if you look with your heart in addition to your eyes.
    CUE

 

BODY

  • Our society’s response to something beautiful is often to share it with someone
    • We want to share that we’re going to beautiful places, doing cool things, and having a good time.
      • By searching some popular hashtags we can see how many people decided it was important to share what they were seeing
        • I searched a number of different hashtags (optoutside, neverstopexploring, adventure, among others)
          CUE
        • As broad as I could get: #nature had almost 200 million photos in the category.
        • I wonder if any of the people who took these photos got anything out of the moment they were in
    • I have not yet met anyone who does not have some desire to be “liked”
      CUE
      and it is easy to seek that sense of validation by posting photos on Instagram. I do this too.
      CUE

      • As part of my research I went to Garfield Park Conservatory
        CUE
      • I took over 200 photos on my phone but they were just
        CUE
        quick snapshots of cool colors or interesting floral patterns that caught my eye
        CUE
      • When my phone died I resorted to sketching
        CUE
        which took much longer but allowed me to reflect in the moment.
      • While it may be thought of as simply another poor attempt at recreating the scene visually, it’s more about the process of relishing in that moment and connection.
    • I don’t want you to mistake this as a bash on photography, I see its merits
      • Photography can inspire
      • when posted online it is infinitely more accessible
      • But it may be limiting.
  • If you are “living in the moment” through a viewfinder,
    CUE
    there’s a chance you aren’t in the moment at all.

    • To some degree, when we take pictures, we are disconnecting from what is going on.
      • I went to the Shedd Aquarium to see nature that I don’t usually have the opportunity to encounter which I was pretty excited about.
      • Instead, I saw a lot of people taking pictures.
        CUE
      • I expected to see people marveling at the animals caged within the glass, instead they were simply caging them within their own glass.
    • The response/interaction becomes more about having a well-composed photo or absorbing what you’re seeing as quickly as possible so as to be on to the next one
      CUE
    • By disconnecting from the moment, we can miss out on the true beauty of it
      CUE
  • As an alternative, I intend to create an avenue for a user to engage with more personal responsive techniques
    CUE

    • Personally engaging in your surroundings as an individual roots you in that moment, deepening your connection to it
      • It becomes something you can look back on in REFLECTION rather than simple remembrance
      • It becomes more about how you feel rather than simply what you see
      • This could look like writing, sketching, praying, songwriting, dancing, or any other “heart response”
    • These are opportunities to connect with yourself as well as with God
      • See how much care he puts into his creations
      • See ho much he cares for you
      • See how everything has a purpose
    • This personal response is nothing that BEGS to be shared online. In fact, it’s not something that needs to be shared at all
      • Sometimes, knowing that someone else will be reading what you’ve written or hear what you’ve composed may be less inclined to be fully honest and expressive in that creation.
      • Knowing it will be shared affects the quality of the response

CONCLUSION

  • So, even though it may be popular to share nature from your viewfinder, it can limit the ability to engage and connect with the moment. Instead, I’m encouraging the exploration of more emotional, personally invested response techniques
  • Interacting with nature and its creator is more beneficial than simply capturing the moment in a glass cage
    CUE
  • After all, I could tell you a lot more about the connection I had to the moment at the Creative Retreat than at Vail because, well, there actually was a connection.
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JJay | Rough Presentation

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwSqL0sjkItLSDVOTXFWamx3V0U/view?usp=sharing

 

JJay | Presentation Outline

INTRO

  • “I am a Leaf”
  • Nature should be about interacting with it rather than capturing it.
  • Which story makes you, personally, feel more present? Which do you get more from?
    • I went on a Creative Retreat this fall…
    • I went to Vail this summer…
  • Society tells us it’s popular to see nature in one way, but I’m telling you that there’s so much more to “see”

BODY

  • Our society’s response to something beautiful is often to share it with someone
    • We want to share that we’re going to beautiful places, doing cool things, and having a good time.
      • Instagram is a social media platform used to share photos; therefore, it is perfect for this type of thing.
      • By searching some popular hashtags we can see how many people decided it was important to share what they were seeing
        • #optoutside is an initiative from REI encouraging people to enjoy nature
        • similarly, #neverstopexploring is an initiative from The North Face encouraging people to go find new places
        • Getting more vague, #adventure is a general term for doing interesting things
        • As broad as I could get: #nature which could be almost anything
    • I have not met anyone who does not have some desire to be “liked” and it is easy to seek that sense of validation by posting photos on Instagram. I do this too.
      • As part of my research I went to Garfield Park Conservatory
      • I took over 200 photos on my phone but they were quick snapshots of cool colors.
      • When my phone died I resorted to sketching which took much longer and allowed me to reflect in the moment.
    • I don’t want you to mistake this as a bash on photography
      • Photography can inspire
      • Posting it online makes it infinitely more accessible
      • Through social media it allows you to meet new people and have fun
  • If you are “living in the moment” through a viewfinder, you likely aren’t in the moment at all.
    • We disconnect from our circumstance in order to take a picture.
      • I went to the Shedd Aquarium to see nature that I don’t usually have the opportunity to encounter
      • Instead, I saw a lot of people taking pictures.
    • The response/interaction becomes more about having a well-composed photo or absorbing what you’re seeing as quickly as possible so as to be on to the next one
    • By disconnecting from the moment, we miss out on the true beauty of it
  • As an alternative, I intend to create an avenue for a user to engage with more personal responsive techniques
    • Personally engaging in your surroundings as an individual roots you in that moment, deepening your connection to it
      • It becomes something you can look back on in reflection rather than simple remembrance
      • It becomes more about how you feel rather than simply what you see
      • This could look like writing, sketching, praying, songwriting, dancing, or any other “heart response”
    • These are opportunities to connect with yourself as well as with God
      • See how much care he puts into is creations
      • See how everything has a purpose
    • This personal response is nothing something that MUST be shared
      • Sometimes, knowing that someone else will, for example, be reading what you’ve written, you may be less inclined to be fully honest in that writing.
      • Knowing it will be shared affects the quality of the response

CONCLUSION

  • Even though it may be popular to share nature from your viewfinder, it limits the ability to engage and connect with the moment. Instead, I’m encouraging the exploration of more emotional, personally invested response techniques
  • Interacting with nature and its creator is more beneficial than simply capturing the moment in a glass cage
  • After all, I could tell you a lot more about my connection to the moment at the Creative Retreat than with Vail because, well, there actually was one.

JJay | Small Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Body
    1. Our society’s response to something beautiful is oftentimes sharing it with someone else.
    2. We disconnect from the moment to take a picture.
    3. Using personal responsive techniques such as writing and sketching to connect more deeply with who made you and who you are.
  3. Conclusion

JJay – Proposal I

Objectives
First, connection through personal response
Later, reconnecting through review

Keys
Personal
Aphotographic

JJay | Creative Brief

What characteristics best describe your envisioned outcome?
communal, personal, responsive, connection

What makes your project unique?
My project will not emphasize saving the environment, rather that we must relish it, which may prompt us to save it.
People of any age may participate.
There is no right or wrong way of interpreting the prompt
Though it’s about nature, it’s not necessarily about pictures, because it is less about the visualization of the place and more about the feelings it invoked.
There is no “sharing.” – Our culture puts too much focus on it.

Why do you believe your project will succeed?
Historically, people are always looking for new ways to connect to their creator.

Who is your audience?
Everyone
People who consider themselves creative as well as those who don’t.
People longing for more.

Elements my project must include:
Personal response – writing, sketching, singing
Nature – the inspiration for the response

My project in a sentence:
Using personal responsive techniques such as writing and sketching to connect more deeply with who made you and who you are.

Main ideas my project needs to convey:
We are as much a creation as our environment
We can have a deeper connection to our creator through responding to nature
Nobody’s response is the same, but all are important

In what environment does the project live?
The project lives in the possession of those who participate.
Sharing is be voluntary.

JJay | Brand Matrices

JJ – Nature Deficit Disorder

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-comment/2011/02/the-benefits-of-outdoor-adventure

JJay | Thesis (updated)

Man disconnects himself from nature.
Due to a perceived mastery over it, he ignores it, cages it, consumes it.
Some may say “no, I am connected with nature, just look at my Instagram,” but the act of caging nature behind a piece of glass is the same no matter the size of the glass.
The “connection” is often what causes the disconnection.
Man must reconnect to nature.

 

People’s mental states improve when they’re connecting with nature.

Due to a growing urban lifestyle, we are less likely to connect with nature.

Though people may feel as though they connect with nature when they instagram pictures, they are actually disconnecting from the experience.

By using photography to relive, share, or reconnect to the natural environment, we’re unable to have the same experience or connection as when we were initially there.

Rather than packaging the nature to use for later, respond to it in the form of journaling, sketching, or some other creative expression.

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