What does a photograph really tell you?
Part 1: Observe the superficial
Write down your first impressions and observations of the photograph.
Part 2: Glitch the photograph
- Save Mrs. Hite’s photograph to your computer:
a. Right-click Mrs. Hite’s image.
b. Click Save Image As.
c. Save the image to your computer (like your desktop).
- Navigate to the saved image on your computer and make a copy:
a. Right-click the original image.
b. Select Duplicate.
- Start glitching:
a. Open the duplicated image.
b. Navigate back to the saved duplicated image on your computer.
c. Right-click the duplicated image file.
d. Select Open With >> TextEdit.
e. Align the open duplicated image and the TextEdit file side-by-side.
f. Start removing code from the TextEdit file, saving as you go. As you save the TextEdit file, the open image updates in real time.
Part 3: Analyze the glitched photo
As you did in Part 1, write down your observations. What’s different in your glitched photograph? Has anything disappeared, become distorted, stand out from the original?
For example, in the sample glitched photograph of Mrs. Hite, her face seems to be front and center, particularly highlighting her eyes.
Part 4: Color the photo (optional)
Ever wonder what a black and white photograph may have looked like in color? Now’s your chance!
- Go to Algorithmia.
- Paste the following link in the “Colorize a photo” box:
- Click the COLORIZE IT button.
- Once the application generates a color version of the photograph, you can slide the purple horizontal slider to the left and right to see the colored version against the original black and white version.
- What do you see now? Has your perspective on the photograph changed at all? If so, how?