When I went to go collect the pieces for my assignment today, I had not realized that the goal was to collect only
The purpose of this assignment was to take photos through a 24 hour period to express how we might perceive time on a personal level.
I feel as if my days in the city so far have been pretty mundane. My daily routine has maintained pretty consistent since I have arrived to New York. I wake up, run around searching for any orientation events, go out to dinner, and sleep. I thought that maybe after that week was over I’d become busier and find more fulfilling opportunities to keep me occupied. Yet again, I wake up, go to class, go out to dinner, attempt doing my homework and go to sleep again. Nothing in my daily tasks has changed much.
I think when you go off on your own and spend most of your time by yourself, the days tend to grow longer and the hours pass by much slower because you don’t have other people to cherish the moments with you. It’s hard to find any time to spend actually getting to know other people because I have kept myself busy with dealing with so many things. Everyone has their own set of tasks to complete and is rushing around just as much as I am that I never really have the time to really sit down and talk to someone.
In the suburban town I am from, I spend a majority of my day at school and on breaks hanging out with friends and really getting to know people. When I am not outside I always come home to roundtable family dinners. Both of these experiences have their good and bad moments. Just the way time passes by in something so simple as two locations can be different.
Recently I have communicated with old high school friends through a platform called Snapchat. I decided to display the photos I send on this app because it’s something I have already been using to document my day.
Part 2 of this assignment serves the same purpose as Part 1, but this time we rearranged using the critiques provided in the previous class as well as to fit the writing portion better.
This assignment still associates with our own perceptions of time, except this time we place the photos on an x and y axis to consider space along with time.
The new layout of this piece displays a repetition of the routine in my life that I can’t seem to get away from since school has started. Another concept that I wanted to display was my perception of relationships and communication relative towards time.
Everyday starts and begins the same way. I wake up, eat a little, go to class, do some work, possibly meet up with somebody, and go to sleep. I feel disconnected from this city, its people, and its structures. The atmosphere is so fast paced I barely have time to stay in one location long and really absorb what is going on. I think when you go off on your own and spend most the time by yourself, the days tend to grow longer and the hours pass by much slower because you just feel so alone. The other day I was discussing with a friend that only one week of orientation already felt like one drawn out month. We had already accomplished more things that week than we would have in the suburbs for a month.
The other subject I wanted to touch upon was relationships. When you have the time to spend with your closest friends and family and you are having so much fun just living in that moment, years can speed right past you and you wouldn’t even realize it. Although, in the city I feel as though I haven’t been able to make that connection with people. Even when I was able to visit my friend in the afternoon or spend time with my family, those moments were still just brief encounters that they merely became just another interval to my day. As soon as I sat down to chat with them it felt like a second later I had to stand up again to say goodbye. They had their own tasks to still do and I had my own.
New York’s energy is neither good nor bad, but sometimes it is good to distance yourself from it to reconnect to it again.
This project took several changes to get to the final. We learned about creating several iterations or drafts for this process. Before each iteration or draft began the photos were mapped out in my journal and then glued down to newsprint in order for presentation. The first two parts dealt with spacing the photos on a linear timeline while the last two dealt with both the perception of space and time.
In-between each iteration and during each class we would check our progress. I think this round of critiques gave me a lot of insight on how I can convey my original message in a clear way. Looking back at the very first timeline I presented, it now seems very jumbled up with no certain order. As I continued along with this project and change the order around taking suggestions from others, I think where my timeline is now sets a stronger impression for the original message I wanted to convey.
I think even listening to other people’s projects was beneficial. I really began to understand how different other people’s perception of time was. I even learned how some might be similar to my perception as well and I could sometimes relate to how others saw the time passing. Time passes in different ways and I how people perceive it is very circumstantial to that point they are at in their life.