PHOTOGRAPHIC and VIDEO CLIP ACTIVITY Up early this morning to take record photographs of all of the shopfronts and facades of the whole of Kirkcaldy High Street.
I started at 7am from the South-West End of the street at the junction with Nicol Street. I used the NIKON COOLPIX 210 digital camera rather than use the Canon SLR as I wanted to carry out the task with a minimum of setting up preparation. The compact camera was best for this. I actually took 2 identical cameras to ensure that I did not run out of SD card memory. ( or battery life!)
I decided to compose and take the photographs in portrait format as I needed to include the whole building facades in the shots. I hope to be able to produce a comprehensive visual survey of the High Street, so that I can print out a joiner style – photograph along the entire length of each side of the thoroughfare. ( this is something I have wanted to do for quite a long time and now I had the chance to record it as Design Research evidence)
The morning was ideal as it was slightly overcast, which would enable the photos to have a flatter contrast, without direct sunlight affecting the exposures. It was also very quiet and the street was devoid of any people which allowed me to carry out the task efficiently. ( the bin men were out )
I stood at the edge of the pavement on the opposite side of the High street and began taking the photographs. I had no real idea of how difficult the task would be or how long it was going to take. However, once I started it became clear that each building shopfront facade became the frame that I needed to progress along the street reasonably quickly. I also panned above the street view to record the buildings at roofline etc.
It took approximately 45 minutes – 60 minutes to complete the photographic record on the northern side of the street. By the time I got to the East end of the High Street, the morning was brighter and the sunlight was appearing. I then began to do some video clip recording around this area including going onto the beach and record the seawall structure and the esplanade / promenade.
I then proceeded to record photos along the South side of the High street which allowed me to retrace my walk back along the street from the opposite pavement. Richmond Motors was the first space and the photographic recording ended with the shop unit at the south west location.
VIDEO CLIPS I followed up this task by video recording clips of the towns environs in this area. I walked and recorded video clips along the esplanade and promenade as well as progressing through the Mercat shopping mall, entering at the existing swimming pool. I continued to take video clip recording as I walked along the High street fron the main Mercat entrance / exit along to the junction of KirkWynd, and into the Old Parish Church area. I recoerde the walk down and up Adam Smith Close ( which could be a focus for an event such as a walk etc )
Overall, The whole exercise was a very straight forward task to carry out and although the sun did come out and caused a few minor exoposure difficulties later in the task, I was relatively pleased by the process and feel that I have finally captured the High street in its current face value state. Once I download the photographs, process them and print them out, I be able to see what the recording methods have revealed and how successful the visual references will be for my Design Research project.
During the recording process, which took 2.5 – 3 hours to complete, I was able to talk with a few different people about the state and condition of the High Street, but I realise that I will have to design and organise a focus group workshop, with a variety of stakeholders, to establish and substantiate fact finding data for my research references.
The next post will show some of the photographs and video clips