The digital story I have selected for this week is Alison, a photo essay about Jack Radcliffe’s daughter Allison. Jack started this photographic journey as a parent, taking photos of his daughter. As he got ore into his photography, he became fascinated by what he was capturing on his camera of his family and friends… relationships. His camera became a part of the relationship he has with his daughter… Alison allowing him to witness private moments in her life, and Jack catching those moments on film. This digital story is the result of that relationship. I selected this particular digital story because I was fascinated to see how the creator would present a digital story that relies primarily on photographs with economic captions and a short textual introduction.
This digital story is simple and elegant. It is a mere glimpse into the life of a a girl who is obviously loved by her father. Through the photos, we learn that she has visited or lived in many places, she is passionate, she’s a smoker, and she eventually grew up and got married. The photos are captivating and intriguing and as he viewer, a felt like I was being given a small glimpse into an extraordinary life. The photos definitely left me wanting to know more, while actually satisfying my curiosity at the same time.
To critique this digital story, I chose the following criteria from Jason Ohler’s Digital Storytelling Assessments page: Story, Content Understanding, and Media Application.
|Digital Story Evaluation Criteria|
|Story||How well did the story work?||9|
|Content Understanding||How well did the creator convey an understanding of the material addressed?||9|
|Media Application||Was the use of media appropriate, supportive of the story, balanced and well considered?||10|
I gave the story a 9 because the story was lovely but I was definitely left with a desire to know more. The creator lays the photos out in chronological order. However, we do not get to see some of the earlier photos, and then certain years have more photos than others. And there are large gaps between some of the years. However, the way the story is told, those items are a mere nuisance and not a true detraction from the story. Over all, this story was wonderfully done and I think the viewer gets a good sense of who her father wants you to see.
I gave content understanding a 9, because this father knew his daughter, how well can we truly know another person? One can assume that a father knows his daughter. But I think a father also sees the daughter he wants to see. And this is the view he shared with us… the daughter that he sees.
I gave the media application a 10 because it was a photo essay that was done very well. The photos are captivating and beautiful and provide a wonderful window into the world of this girl.