The significant object that I have chosen is a small button that a soldier wore in WWI. It is a circular, dark pin with what looks like an octopus design on the front. It was found at Lochnagar Crater near Albert in Normandy and belonged to a French soldier. This a primary source of World War One as it was produced and made for a uniform during the war. The fact that there is still sand, dirt, and grit stuck behind the needle, suggests that this soldier fought on the front line but was killed. This inference tells us that he may have been part of the first line and led a squadron into battle. The material of this button is brass which could potentially mean that the soldier was not a very high rank. After a bit of researching and looking closer, I have found out that it is not an octopus design but a “flaming bomb”. The flaming-bomb button was used in the French Artillery from 1845 – 1902 and over 100,000 buttons were made in 1933 for World War One. There is an American version called the “Shell and Flame” so it is quite possible that it belonged to an American soldier. I can’t explain why it was found in France and how it is still in good condition. 75 to 170 years later and it still looks perfect! This is significant as it’s a primary source of an event we all know about. in years to come, we might not know exact battlefields but how the presence of metal objects in the area will lead future historians and archaeologists to discover more about history. In conclusion, this old piece of brass can tell us a lot about World War One and the state of the French Military.
Things are really starting to look good for my In-Depth Project. I have just met with my mentor after a couple of long emails back and forth and met him at the Port Moody Photography Club (PDPC) down at Port Moody Secondary. Garry Johns is a spectacular photographer who focuses on Architecture, long exposure, and landscape. He has kindly volunteered to help me with the process of photography.
Something that went very well at our last meeting was the communication. I walked in and instantly I was greeted by Garry and some of his fellow photographers. Before the presentation started, We discussed my level of understanding for a DSLR camera. Garry asked questions about my setup for taking pictures and started to understand how much knowledge I possessed. He explained how I should do some research and learn how to shoot in RAW and easily in a couple of weeks, I will be able to produce photos that are professional and can easily be published.
A challenge that came across during our meeting was my access to certain software and accessories. For an example, I needed to have access to a program called Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a photo editing software that allows photographers to produce beautiful images. The only problem was the cost. It costs around $100 dollars every year and I wasn’t fully ready to commit that much money to a program. Oh, I also needed the funds!!! Luckily, we have a couple of solutions. Next time we meet, Garry will bring his laptop which has Lightroom downloaded onto it. At other times when I don’t have access to his computer, I can use a couple of free versions of Lightroom.
I will be meeting with Garry Johns in the next week and he will be teaching me how to edit my own photos in RAW format. This will allow me to produce photos that are professional looking. I am extremely excited for In-Depth and I can’t wait to show everyone what I have learned!
Now in week three of In-Depth, I have started to research more into Macro Photography, looking more into the cinematic perspectives of photos. I have taken a few books out from the Port Moody Library, and have watched a few videos on how to improve stability when taking photos. I am very disappointed as I have yet to secure a solid mentor. Its been very tricky trying to find someone who is professional in Macro, as well as having time to help me throughout this project. Luckily, I am not empty-handed. An opportunity has just opened up at Sony Imageworks (Fathers workplace), where there is a photography club full of spectacular photographers. As soon as I have access to their contacts I will be sending emails hoping for them to mentor me. In a couple of weeks, I also hope to be participating in a photography course and ask for the instructor to be my mentor. Its been a real struggle to email these people beforehand as their emails are not so public. Photography is a challenge as its more of a hobby or an art. You don’t go to universities to study photography but rather courses more for the movie industries. That’s why finding a mentor for professional photography is hard for me. Adults are not so public about there other interests.
Anyhow, I am praying to have a mentor by the 15th of February at the latest. Every chance I get to have a mentor, I will take instantly and hope to meet with them promptly.