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Everybody has a Story
by Team Helsinki
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Arja Mielonen-Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
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Delmi Alvarez, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are glad to invite you to visit our Facebook page and publish your picture with a story: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Everybody-Has-A-Story/213190278700886
“Everybody Has a Story” is a social networking platform and a project photography where people who met on the street the other day could come and meet on-line today. In our team, Ms Arja Mielonen-Walker is currently working for a LLL (life long learning) project with a group of seniors in Finland. We were inspired by these persons need for interaction and their need for participating in the social life as active citizens. The project is not closed just for this group of people also photographed people of all ages, because we believe everyone has a story to tell and to provide us with the wealth that each person carries within itself. We started this idea in Chania, Greece while attending a workshop seminar and using the Iphone and the photo application. You can see here the full story with the pictures of participants in Flickr and here a video of Arja.
“Each person has a story and elderly people have more than anyone. They are open books of memories and we can learn from their experience. Using the Apple Iphone and Hipstamatic application for taking pictures is not an invasive-aggressive system comparing with making portraits with a DSLR camera (used by professional or amateur photographers)”.
1. How it works?
The image quality taken with an Iphone is enough to make a book, prints and publish in a magazine or any other media. The photographer or the assistant need to ask the persons photographed for a short interview with questions like age, name, birthday, place born and living, and a statement/experience of what they did in the life, like work for example. It is a short bio of the person that can be improved later. Many elderly people are missed in the last times of their lives, and perhaps with this project we can give a little bit more importance to the time spent helping others in the society and the community.
2. On-line Platform
We don’t want to compete Facebook, Flickr or other huge social network, but our idea is to go with our project deep in the internet world. We intent to use internet and its capabilities to develop this platform. With a easy to use graphic interface and an administration panel we can give to each user a personal page from where he/she can upload pictures, write or modify stories, add friends, manage comments, etc. The main rule will be that each picture has to have a story attached. Without a story in the background, the picture is just a picture.
Here, on the image from the right, we have posted a first attempt to create the SQL database for this platform. We still must put a lot of work in this incipient step, but we are glad that our project is being consolidated through moving towards multiple stages. We want to share with you all these steps. The SQL Database was made by using an open source site called http://ondras.zarovi.cz/. This database will be updated all the time based on the way the platform is being developed.
The pictures taken can be shown in different ways. The first one as the cheapest, the easiest and the fastest is internet, but we don’t discard a tour exhibition by countries, a book or catalogue, postcards with a message of the project, edition with Blur books online, etc.
Using the internet technologies like BLUR (www.blur.com) editing books online Everybody has a story can be in the libraries of schools and other educational institutions.
5. Could be a educational tool?
Yes, it is a very and helpful educational tool, and it is possible use the Iphone and Hipstamatic with children and any age people.
6. Uploading pictures
Using Twit pic the pictures
7. A tool to integrate PSN (people with special needs)
The integration in the society to PSN people is one of the main worries of the EU directions. Our experience working with PSN specially children is a advantage. Photography for children with emotional problems playing with the Iphomatic is a reality.
8. Publish your photo in Facebook
You can publish your photos in our Facebook page, directly, without any permission, only what you need is work with the Hipstamatic application or similar and publish a picture & story of the person or persons on the picture. That’s all! and easy. We are happy if you send us any feedback because it will help to improve the idea.
9. Target and mission
With this project we have clear scores, from one side we want to show to the society the problem with elderly in many countries, because they are part of the communities and they need to be respected and loved. By second, we wish to offer a new perspective in the minds of the new young people and new generations, helping to approach the elderly wizard to them and don´t forget about the always lovely storytelling of our grandparents. Heritage is a treasure and we need to protect it and to put it in a safe place for the many other generations that will come.
10. Sharing, breaking barriers
We intent to start this platform with a small community, like a village or a small city, were we can involve elders but not only. We believe that Everybody has a story, no matter the age of the person. In this way, people can cross some social barriers and they can know each other. Through this social platform, they can find out other persons with the same activities, with the same hobbies, people who share the same interests. The next step is to move our project into a bigger community, a community where exists people who don’t know each other, but they want to be discovered or they want to share their life stories. Another feature of this platform will be “Swap Stories”.
This is a social interaction challenge, through which we intent to insert in people an empathetic feeling. It will happen when a person will choose to accept another people story as it is his own, and he will try to imagine how he would react if it was in the other’s shoes. “Swap Stories” is meant for people to gain trust in each other and to use their creativity in terms of looking for a better life for them and for the ones around them. Tools Flickr free account, Facebook, Hipstamatic application, apple Iphone, PC for write the texts and upload them on the internet, and the most important tool will be the Platform created especially for this project “Everybody Has a Story”.
Actually we are asking to the private companies to support the project. In our planning agenda is write to Apple and Hipstamatic for donation of a pilot project.
13. Choosing a community to go ahead with the project
We want to find a small community in Europe where we can test the experiment with Ipho and Hispta. Please we wait any feedback if you are interested in the project and would be a important step to connect people living in marginal areas or with a
14. Stories to publish in Facebook
We have a group in Facebook where once joined you can publish your story with a photo.
15. Creative Commons
The project will be under a Creative Commons license.
15. Creating a Community
Photographers and not photographers around the world are using Ipho and Hipsta as a tool of self expression. One of our targets is create a Community, a big place where anyone can tell a story or stories.
16. Black and white or color?
The application Hipstamatic have a range variety of films, including black and white and infrared. We experiemented with a few of them during 2 years and the quality and the prints are amazing. In all this time we got around more 4000 pictures to made a selection for a exhibition. Black and white have many followers and color give the opportunity of play with the ligth. If the day is bright and sun y the colors will be very powerful, if the day is cloudy you can choose between more than 4 films to made a perfect picture with the look of Holga camera, for example.
17. Send this postcard to your friends >>>
Downdload free the postcard with our project and send by email or publish in your blog. You will help many people that need to be listen. To download the postcard with the mouse over the image and click bottom right and “save as”.You can publish in your blog or send by email to your friend helping to spread the project….
18. Is a politic campaign?
Of course not, Everybody has a story is a project from a team, with politics own ideas but we are not politicians or talking on behalf them.
19. Who are behind Everybody has a story?
We are professionals working in another more projects with PSN people, children, media, university, elderly. We provide transparency all the time, nothing to hide.
20. Training people
We have a long wide experience training people to become photographers. In a short seminar 2-3 days you will be able to shot pictures, edit, publish, print and made a book. Sound like good for you?.
21. A project to include in many other projects
Photography is one of the greatest expressions that each person can develop freely. our proposal can be included in others as a visual medium. If you’re thinking of giving a sharp turn to your project using digital photography we will give you all the advice you need, think we are with you to support your ideas visually!.
22. Stories with pictures
Everybody has a story has a big and unique difference with the other proposals, we are uploading pictures of people that can tell us a story short or longer. We are uploading each picture directly from the Iphone in seconds.
Ilva and Janis
A latvian couple married visiting a wedding’s friend . We talked about many things in a hot evening in Matonge. Ilva had been living in Galicia for a long time, is teacher and work living in Cesis a small and beautiful village in the latvian countryside with her husband Janis, writer and poet.
He is photographer in Santiago de Compostela and have many books. Tino don’t use mobile phone and works with analogic cameras developing the films in his lab.
Ziga and Urska. The Couple from Slovenia. They look perfect toghether and everybody loved them. Ziga was talking all the time so passionate about social and political issues. He is student at the History Faculty in Maribor. They are a couple comming from the recent postcommunist regim and they are still affected by that, like all the young people in former communist countries. But he has Urska, the girl who is allways there for him, even if it is a linguistic issue or a social one.
This picture was taken in Chania Airport, where Urska was very proud with her new handbag and the way he is holding her hand shows a protective feeling.
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Everybody has a story is a documentary photo essay to share by social networks in the world using digital photography with a Iphone an a cheap photo application.
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