My mood... well The Doors classic "The End" has just been picked up by Amarok (PC music player), one of my favourites and didn't it go well with the opening scenes in "Apocalypse Now"? Anyway's I think this mad song about sums me up today so well done Amarok because you've saved me a thousand words
I remember at school, they used to drum into my head that a diagram also is worth a thousand words; in fact having written instructions for novices of a particular idea, I can really agree with this. With out visual tools, everything becomes so much more difficult.
With visual art we are lucky in that, unless we're word-smiths, we can use our chosen media to express an idea with a click and a few retouches with software. Or are we? Because I think their is more to it than that. I was discussing today with my son (who is taking his GCSE Photography this week along with his 13 year old sister!) about his school is expecting all those taking this course to excel. But not everyone has "The Eye" for want of a better term, nor the patience to wait for the right lighting etc. I think the ones that shine above the rest have these talents. But what of the rest? Those in my children's classes that may not have a supportive parent or aren't as artistic as they thought they were. Does this mean they deserve a bad mark...... Of course not! I'm sure they have all tried to the best of their ability. As my wife said maybe Photoshop isn't the best for everyone and that other software packages would be better or maybe a day out with cameras to shoot something on a particular topic.
Now onto a big moan of the school they attend, or at least the particular dept involved. As I mentioned above my 13 year old is taking the same exam and is in fact halfway through it; she finishes today. I found to my absolute horror that she hadn't been taught properly how to use layers (surely a fundamental!); nor to copy and paste in photoshop. You may think I should have stepped in and made sure she understood such basics but as a parent you get bombarded with so much stuff at this time of her life (I'm not going into details except all of my kids have had it tough until just over a year ago). Also we don't own a Mac, nor Photoshop. Apparently on a Mac copy and paste etc are different than using GIMP on Windows/Linux. The teacher assured us that using GIMP would be fine as long as they showed their workings. But during the exam they have to use Photoshop. Why? As a poor family we cannot afford to purchase this software..... should we pirate as some do? Well I can't bring myself to do that on moral grounds and have always favoured the open-sourced route.
But what about the use of layers and copying/pasting? Surely this a fundamental if not the fundamental part of using this or any other photo-editing suite. She was so worried when she got in, it took me ages to get to what the problem was. I showed her how to do it on GIMP which took minutes and my son is going to explain how to do it to her in the morning on a Mac using Photoshop..... He had band practise tonight and was back after she went to bed. Her teacher hadn't even made sure that they understood what to do in the exam....... I've give her some artistic pointers and hopefully everything will work out fine.
However, I'm not happy with this and I think some heads may roll!
My mood now? Well weirdly Amarok as chosen Carpenters (They long to be ) Close to You........... Who are "They"....... could be scary ;D