The Evolving High School Portrait

Here’s an interesting permutation of the high school portrait, employing audio interviews and ambient recordings with still photographs. (Click image for multimedia player.)

I like the quality of the sound – both interview tracks and recordings of ambient sound. I’m less thrilled with the still photos – to me the photographyer Tom Salyer ( seems to use too many of very similar shots. I think he could insert a greater variety of still photographs and create parallel visual stories to keep the mind occupied while listening to the audio tracks. This guy is a very good photographer, so that incremental change would really enhance the final production in my opinion.

In his blog, it’s clear that photographer Tom Salyer is spending a lot of time working to perfect his audio recording skills. He also references some other photographers who are collaborating to add motion and sound to still photography.

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