The challenge for Make Cycle #6 was a 5-Image story. I’ve been fully occupied the last week hosting a women’s choral festival (2 years in the planning) and wanted to see if I could tell the story of the festival in five images. I started by going through the photos that my spouse took at the festival and choose five that I thought summarized the experience. I used pixlr express to create a collage of them, but wasn’t happy with the result. The collage is pretty, but it looks like a summary and there is no movement in the images. Here’s the unsuccessful (as a story) collage:
I wanted to capture that this had been in the works for a long time (the ad for the festival on the back of a local bus), that there were rehearsals, workshops, a key note address, individual choir performances, and that the culmination of the festival was a mass chorus performance. I also wanted to capture the energy and excitement that infused the four days. Pretty early in choosing the images, I had to cut the workshop photos. The photos that I had to choose from were not particularly interesting and didn’t tell a story about what was happening in them. Instead I settled on a photo of me addressing the audience in the hopes that it communicated my individual responsibilities at the festival. I was happy with how the rehearsal and performance shots communicated preparation and culmination, and I had really wanted a photo of my choir performing (lower left in the collage) but felt like for the images to have any movement as a story, I needed to show people arriving to the festival.
After looking at and figuring out why the collage didn’t work, I switched to iMovie which allowed me to add music to the experience (which, after all, is what the whole festival was about). I don’t have any recordings from the festival yet, but my choir just released a CD and I was able to pull a track from that into the short film. Here is what I ended up with. I’m still not convinced that it tells the whole story I wanted to tell, but perhaps 5 images is only enough to tell part of the story.