Mainly AVs by John & Jose Currant

February 20th saw John & Jose Currant visit us to give us a presentation on “Mainly AVs”.

I have to confess, coming from a background of an interest in military history, when I saw the title of the presentation in our programme at the begining of the year, I thought the talk was going to me on Armoured Vehicles.

What the talk was actually on was Audio Visuals; short video presentation of photos or images set to music, commentary or poetry.

John and Josie started with a presentation of images taken on a day trip to Venice. A nice bit of Vivaldi accompanied their digitally enhanced photos which took us on a journey through the ancient city’s streets and canals.

Corel Painter features in their digital process, and this was used to great effect to turn photos of the Essex coast into oil paintings. John gave a short demonstration on the techniques he uses to turn a photo into a painting using the Painter software.

We saw a series of videos on different locations and themes. One or two of them were set to poems, one in particular by John Betjeman. It was interesting to see their interpretation of the poems through their photography.

None of the films were longer than two or three minutes and they made for interesting insights into a place, a theme, a poem.

As a dyed in the wool classical music enthusiast, I am always fascinated to see how pairing images, moving or still,  with the right music, can evoke a particular mood, emotion or response and the AVs we say during the presentation did this to great effect.

I am now thinking about ways I can bring AVs into my sphere of photography.

An enjoyable evening.

Below is one of the graphics used in the AV on Glen Miller’s last flight
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John has kindly provided some links for anyone interested in creating their own AVs.

[sws_blue_box box_size=”630″] Pictures to Exe 8.0  (£42 Essentials or £78 Deluxe) www.wnsoft.com [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_blue_box box_size=”630″] Audacity 2.0.5 (Free) – audacity.sourceforge.net [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_blue_box box_size=”630″] IAC Licences (Necessary for public showing of your AVs) – Copyright Clearance [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_blue_box box_size=”630″] Kaleidoscope Plugin (and others – Free) – www.mehdiplugins.com [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_blue_box box_size=”630″] Flame Fractals (Free) – www.apophysis.org [/sws_blue_box]

[sws_blue_box box_size=”630″] Morphing Software ($29.95) – www.morpheussoftware.net/ [/sws_blue_box]

Useful Websites:

East Midlands AV Groupwww.emavg.org.uk

AV News Magazine: www.avnews.org.uk

Barry Beckham (Tutorials): www.beckhamdigital.com.au