Research Log for LGBT Interview

Purpose of interview article and Summary of your subject

The purpose of my interview is to gain a background and an insight into the LGBT+ community. I intend to understand Proud2Be, the functions and purposes of it and the effect it has on society. To understand how it has influenced peoples lives and what Proud2Be have done to achieve this. The events that the youth group has undergone and why they are relevant, and to understand how the youth group creates awareness and stability for the community.

My subject in summary are a youth group for young people who identify as ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex &/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+)’ and any other gender or sexual orientation category. The group aim to provide an environment ‘where all people are safe, free and proud to be themselves’ (official vision statement), a safe haven and place of respect for these people who may feel different and set aside from others.

When I’ve completed my interview I will take what they have said and turn it into a magazine article for a LGBT magazine to be graded and evaluated.

Research and identify your target audience and chosen magazine genre

My target audience is quite niche. Given that the purpose of the youth group is to accommodate for and uplift the LGBT+ community, it is quite clear that target audience is individuals who fit into the category of LGBT+.

From the text below we can see that part of their target audience is also friends and family members. These people may be individuals who are related to or friends with someone of the LGBT community, so they may engage with Proud2Be to support that person or to gain an understanding of how that person functions as someone who is LGBT+.

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From both pieces of text below, it is clear that the age demographic for my target audience is young people, from school age to college to young adults. It is a youth group so it is targeted at people at a younger age, who may be more likely to want to gain an understanding of why they feel the way they do as they be more likely to feel unsure. In addition to this, younger people may be more interested in LGBT sexual health as it may be new ground. In addition to this, we can see from this text that for colleges and schools they deliver workshops so that the college/school students and teachers gain a better understanding so this highlights the young people demographic.

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My magazine genre can fit into many genres that may have a section or a story based on LGBT, for example fashion magazines demonstrating LGBT fashion or teen magazines with agony aunt sections that may try and help young questioning teens. However, there is a genre aimed at just the LGBT community and there are hundreds around the world. This is the genre that my magazine will fall into. Some examples of existing LGBT magazines are Out, The Advocate and Attitude.

Issues or products interviewee is involved in

One event that Proud2Be are currently involved in is the rainbow crossing project in Totnes. The project aims to create a zebra crossing in Totnes that instead of being white, will be rainbow coloured to raise awareness and acceptance of the LGBT+ community. They did this temporarily in 2014 but this year they aim to make it permanent.

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The concept of the rainbow crossing explained

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This is the previous trial of 2014 to install the rainbow crossing. This year they intend to recreate it permanently.

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Here is some of the support and back up for the project. The more pledges, the more likely the project is to go ahead and succeed.

Previous activities of interviewee

One example of a previous activity by Proud2Be was Trans Awareness Week in 2016. They sent out some messages to the transgender community to spread awareness and uplift them.

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Here are some examples of messages sent out by the campaigners to the community.

Comments by others regarding interviewee

Regarding the interviewees and the youth group atmosphere, some of the comments on the website are:

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Story context research- facts and figures (Recording key facts and dates about topic)

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Source: Wikipedia – Demographics of sexual orientation

This table shows the percentage of sexual orientation demographics in the UK. As we can see from the data, 93.6 to 94.4% of people from a survey in the UK openly identify as heterosexual. 1.1% identify as gay or lesbian, 0.4 to 0.6% identify as bisexual, 0.3 to 0.4% as other and 3.8 to 4.5% did not respond. This shows the diversity of sexual orientations in the UK which makes Proud2Be a very important and significant part of the LGBT community. This data highlights that it is important to have groups like this so that people from all demographics can feel welcome in one way or another.

Research into the technical considerations of producing, setting up and recording the interviews

For my interview, the producing, setting up and recording is simple. The technical considerations are making sure that the dictaphone which records the audio of the inter view is in full working condition. I must consider checking it through to understand it’s functions and how it works; how to record and erase data, and how to play it back. I must ensure the dictaphone is charged with plenty of memory. In terms of setting up for my interview, I need to make sure myself the interviewer and my interviewee are comfortable and ready to start. I must check just before the interview that my equipment is still working, and have a notepad handy just in case. I must make sure that a picture is taken in order to achieve the brief requirements and all audio is recorded.

Information on the interviewees

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Source – the Proud2Be web page, under ‘About Us’ and ‘Our Founders’.

Research into interview questions used in similar print articles and textual analysis of print interview structures (reading previous interviews for your topic with annotation in the research log)

One example of a similar print article was an article on Planet London which is an LGBT community website and company, featuring in LGBT History Month magazine.  The interviewees, Naomi and Katie Bennett-Hall are the married couple who founded Planet London. The interview focuses on the company Planet London which they have achieved and the features and functions of it. The questions are structured like this:

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From this we can see that the questions asked are very open and allow for an extensive answer. Because the interviewer is asking for reasons and explanations, they need to ask open questions because that asks for a longer and more opinionated answer, rather than a closed questions which entails a shorter and less elaborated on answer. The questions are also straight to the point –  there is no humour in them and they don’t comment on the answer previously which some magazines do. This makes the article simpler to read.

Interview codes and conventions to be used

  • Short, closed questions – allow for simpler and more straight to the point answers.
  • Long, open questions – allow for more elaborate, detailed and well explained answers so it allows a more in depth interview and background.
  • Chronological  structure – I will place the questions on my print interview chronologically and in aligned format so that it is more formal and easily comprehensible.
  • Colourfulness and graphics – As I will use a chronological convention, I will balance this by using bright colour schemes and vector graphics in my print article. This allows for a more enjoyable read.
  • When I go to record my interview I will record it via dictaphone, which is a convention as audio based interviews are a common form of interview.
  • Who, what, why, when, and how  – these are types of questions typically asked in an interview, allowing for a full spectrum of answers. I will use these types to create a more diverse interview.
  • Introduction and summary/conclusion  –  I will use these to create a complete and wholesome interview with clarity of the subject. Without an introduction and summary, it can be confusing about why the interview is taking place and what it is about.
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Interview Planning

Location, times and dates of interviews

Location: The top office of the Mansion Building in Totnes on Fore Street.

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Date: 30th May 2017

Time: 2-3PM

Contact list

Tracey Turner:

Tracey.Turner@southdevon.ac.uk

Matt and Jon Price:

01803 864321

info@proud2be.co.uk

Equipment

  • Camera (phone function)
  • Dictaphone
  • Notepad
  • Pen

Production schedule

2PM: Arrive at interview location (The Mansion in Totnes, Fore Street)

2PM to 3PM: Conduct interview with interviewees – the time taken to complete the interview depends on how long each question takes to answer.

5th June: Arrive back to college. Type up my interview in magazine print form.

Treatment- purpose and target audience of the print interview, Appropriate setting and ambience, Recording methods

The purpose of my print interview is to write up my interview in magazine form, as if I worked for a print company who conducts interviews. It shows my skills in magazine editing as well as audio interviews so it makes up a package of creative media skill. The target audience of my magazine article would be people of the LGBT+ community and people who are curious about LGBT+. The setting and ambience would be a calm office where there is little disturbance, which makes the environment more comfortable. The ambience would be quiet which makes it easier for the interviewee to think about the questions. The recording method is a dictaphone which is a device that records only audio, and a notepad just in case the memory or battery of the dictaphone runs out.

Email confirmation of interviews with clients

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Interview Questions

  1. How are you doing today?
  2. What is your favourite colour and why?
  3. What has been your favourite Proud2Be project you have done so far?
  4. What has been the most successful Proud2Be project you’ve conducted so far?
  5. How old were you when you found out you were LGBT?
  6. Have you got any upcoming Proud2Be projects you can tell us about?
  7. How do you feel about LGBT portrayal in the media, such as in films and games?
  8. What has been your best achievement through Proud2Be yet?
  9. Why did you decide to start the project Proud2Be?
  10. What kind of challenges does Proud2Be present?
  11. Have you ever conducted a Proud2Be project with a celebrity? If so, how did this turn out?
  12. I recently read that you are going to set up a rainbow coloured crossing in Totnes. What can you tell us about that and how did this come to be?
  13. When did you decide to set up the Proud2Be project and what started it?
  14. What would you say a friend, relative or family member can do to make someone of the LGBT community feel accepted and/or celebrated?
  15. What have your experiences as someone part of the LGBT community taught you?
  16. What would you say to someone struggling to be accepted as LGBT?

 

 

Composition

One composition technique I will consider using in my photography project is depth. Depth is how far the camera view stretches and how much of the photo is sharp or non sharp. Shallow depth is where only the forefront is in sharp focus and the rest is blurred out. Deep depth of field is where the whole image is in sharp focus and can add depth if there are objects further away that are also in focus. For example, if a person were to take a photo of some hills, a shallow depth of field would capture the first hill and/or anything on it, but a deep depth of field would have all hills in focus so it adds more depth and distance into the picture. For example:

Shallow depth:

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Deep depth:

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I can apply this to my photography through using the focus of the lens to my advantage. To convey sadness I can use shallow depth of field so that the model is the only feature in entire focus which makes the photographs more appear 3 dimensional and puts the spotlight strongly on the expression of the model enhancing the obvious emotion and creating a more haunting effect.

Another composition technique I will use is cropping. Cropping is cutting out unwanted parts of a photo, which can also enlarge parts of a photo. For example:

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The original image featured the swimming pool but when cropped the cat becomes the central focus.

I will use this composition technique in my photography through cropping out excess background. I will do this to increase the focus on the model and remove unnecessary background that may disturb the strong theme of emotion. This will also be useful for portrait photos so that the size of the photo is even.

Another composition technique I will use is view point. Viewpoint is the angle and position of the photo. Different angles convey different meanings and representations, such as a high angle which decreases power of the object or a lower angle which increases the empowerment of the object. For example:

Low angle:

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  High angle:

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I will use viewpoint in my photography through high angles. High angles make features look small and present a lack of power, so I shall use this in my photography to convey the powerless and vulnerability within sadness.

 

Health and Safety Darkroom Quiz

  1. All chemical containers should be kept?
  • Closed and Clearly labelled
  • Left open at all times
  • Propping open the fire escape

2. You can eat and drink in the darkroom as long as you are careful?

  • True
  • False
  • Only if a lecturer is eating their own lunch

3. What should you use to move prints through the processing baths?

  • Hands
  • Tongs
  • Finger tips

4. If any of the chemicals get in to your eyes, what should you do before anything else?

  • Rub your eyes vigorously
  • Immediately tell someone to notify the lecturer and proceed with using the emergency eye wash
  • Do nothing until the lecturer arrives

5. If you are over exposed to any chemical vapours you should?

  • Leave the darkroom immediately for fresh air
  • Open a window
  • Hold your breath and finish what you were doing

6. When touching any live switches on enlargers or wall sockets you should

  • Wear wet gloves
  • Stare at the sockets and order them to work
  • Ensure your hands are completely dry if they have come into contact with water

Key Photography Genres

There are four key genres of photography. A genre is a category of style, so for photography there are four main and significant genres in the industry.

The first key genre is portraiture. Portraiture is an image of a face, which shows identity of a person and shows their face in predominant detail. It captures the individual’s personality and who they are, showing themselves at their best or at an important time. Typically the image is from the waist up, or head and shoulders.

I like this genre because it captures the person and it individualises each person, showing the details of everyone and what makes them stand out. I also dislike it because typically a portrait is formed through a photoshoot so it doesn’t show the person in their normal, non posed manner.

An idea for a photoshoot could be an even number of girls and boys, showing different emotion and how it is presented through both genders. Their faces could be painted with blue and pink paint, set in a photography studio with a high shutter speed.

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The next key genre of photography is landscapeLandscape photography is images of locations, showing the view of how it looks in that moment in time. This can include seascapes, cityscapes, countryside, and any other area that shows scenery. These photographs can not only be used to be visually pleasing to the eye but can also be used to discuss issues, such as environmental, political or social issues, such as using the photos as campaign evidence or propaganda. Say if a photographer published a photo of a littered beach, it shows an environmental issue within the picture. So landscape photography is more than just creating an aesthetic.

I like this genre because typically the photos are visually pleasing and often have calm, serene theme which is calming to look at. They are usually relaxed which has positive effect. I can dislike the genre because some pictures are unappealing as they can be too simple in my opinion.

An idea for a photoshoot could be a seaside shoot. The photographer could take a photo of the same seascape at different times during the day, from morning to night showing the development of the colours and photographic vibe. For example, they could place the camera on Paignton Pier and take periodic pictures from the view point of outside the arcades.

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The next key photographic genre is abstract. Abstract photography is photography that is artificial that it is not likely to be identifiable. They aren’t usually based on reality and often are composed of loud patterns or imagery.

I like this genre because it has no limits and the possibilities are endless. There are little rules allowing the photographer to do what they want and express themselves in their own way. I however also dislike the genre as it is usually harsh to the eyes and are difficult to comprehend.

An idea for a photoshoot for abstract photography could be materials in the light. it could involve materials such lace in the sunlight, a light reflecting on glitter or the details of veins in a leaf. They could adjust the camera settings such as aperture, ISO or shutter speed for additional effect.

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The next photographic genre is documentary. Documentary focuses on showing reality and moments in time. They often show moments of crisis or revelation. This genre is important because it provides the visuals to the reality going on in the rest of the world. These photographs can be used to show social, political and environmental issues or breakthroughs just like landscape photography can.

I like this genre because it provides proof of real events and moments, and the images are often moving and sentimental to view. I dislike the genre however because some images can be sad to look at.

An idea for a photoshoot could be highlighting the positive and negative aspects of our local area. The photographer could capture the positive aspects of Torbay such as the tourism, the beautiful areas such as Meadfoot and the features Torbay have to offer such as the wheel and the shops. They could also capture the negative such as the poverty and crime, and then show each positive and negative image in contrast.

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