The Color Brown In My Life


For this assignment, I had to pick a color to photograph during a typical day and find a song that is relevant to the color I chose.

While my favorite color is blue, I decided to go with brown, as brown is a color that I associate with my character Maria and the weekly assignments page said to incorporate your character as much as possible.

So, I decided to look into songs. I typed in “songs that involve the color brown”, looked at a few of the websites, and come across the song “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison. When I looked on YouTube, I found that it had been covered by Jimmy Buffett. I didn’t, and still don’t, know much of Van Morrison, but my relatives like Jimmy Buffett and introduced me to some songs of his. I like those songs, and have god memories of listening to them, so I went with the cover.

Over a few days, I took pictures. Brown isn’t a super common color (it is if you just take pictures of trees, which I didn’t want to do) and I felt very awkward taking pictures, especially when there was a lot of people around.

Once I got the pictures I want, I emailed them from my phone to myself, so I could access them on my computer. I then uploaded them into a folder on my desktop and then into the Microsoft Photos app. I then arranged them into the categories that I wanted them to be in. The assignment seems like its geared towards more of a chronological format, but my style is more organized (when it comes to assignments, not my desk!) and I wanted to give analysis or at least some sense of thought. For each section, as well as the intro and the section comparing Maria and myself, I used blank black pictures to put text over. As I’ve said before, the “Chilled” font makes the black picture tan, which I like.

For the section comparing Maria and myself, and talking about why Maria is connected to the color brown, I used the Pinterest board I made for this post about the Pinterest board. I actually used the video of me scrolling and showing all of the pictures on the board that I made for this post about my favorite assignments. I also took a snipping (using the Snipping Tool) of the journals I picked for her to have from this post I made about what’s in her crypozoologogy backpacking backpack.

After all of the pictures, videos, and text was in, I then inserted the song. First, I uploaded the song using 4K Video Downloader. I then used https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/ to convert the file to a MP3 to be able to insert it as music. I then inserted it into the project. I didn’t like how the song didn’t start for a few seconds, so I uploaded to Audacity and cut the first few seconds off. I exported that file, uploaded it to the Photos app again, checked it, and like how and where it sounded. I then inserted the song credits into the project.

After all of that, I uploaded the song to YouTube and wrote this post.

All in all, this was an OK assignment. The hardest part was taking the photos. Not only did I have to be observant, but I also had to curb my awkwardness and discomfort to take the photos. It did feel, and I’m sure look, a bit odd to take pictures of a stairwell a ladder! It did take me out of my comfort zone, like the Design Blitz did, which is something creativity and art (though I would’n r consider this art) should do. I feel more confident with taking odd, random pictures in public now. Maybe that will come in handy later, or maybe not!


This is the assignment that I made this for:

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/what-color-is-your-world/

 

Song Credits:

“Brown Eyed Girl”

Written by Van Morrison

Covered by Jimmy Buffett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-3Cw6yiqww

 

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