Constant Evaluation – Looking at Connotations

I did some research and found out that the film studios for the adult industry are based in different locations. http://tinyurl.com/ydda544 I tried different photos at different stages through the project. I thought I would try this picture:
miami
http://www.sixt.de/fileadmin/files/global/modules/branch/US/miami.jpg

I thought it would look great but when I tried it out in Muse, it didn’t work. The bottom of the picture was fine, as shown below but as soon as you scrolled up there was too much blank blue sky. Although there were no particularly problematic connotations, it still didn’t work well.
pic not effective 04 12 13

I really like this picture of Las Vegas but it is so flashy and eye-catching I decided to swap it with another one. I didn’t want people to think the site was about what Las Vegas is famous for i.e gambling, shows, hotels, clubs.
las-vegas-strip-1920x1080
http://www.mrwallpaper.com/wallpapers/las-vegas-strip.jpg

The tutor and I agreed that this picture did not have any particularly problematic connotations. I really like this picture but I decided to swap it with another. I made this decision after receiving feedback from the tutor about looking for photos with people in them. The tutor said that since the site is about a union it should have people in at least some of the photos.
08 12 13 replace picture
http://www.mrwallpaper.com/wallpapers/Railway-Los-Angeles.jpg

I liked this photo but again there are no people in it and its meanings are too wide. This photo could be about a plethora of things; hiking, plants, weather or geology.
Nevada-desert-rocks-mountains-red-rock-canyon_2560x1600
http://best-wallpaper.net/wallpaper/2560×1600/1211/Nevada-desert-rocks-mountains-red-rock-canyon_2560x1600.jpg

The other problem I noticed was that when only the bottom half of the photo was showing it just looked like a bunch of dried up, dying weeds. So the photo had to go.
plants 05 12 13

Since the tutor and I wanted to see more people in the design, I put this picture in.
DKelson_Hi (1)
http://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/the_wire/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/DKelson_Hi.jpg

I decided to swap this photo for another since I feel like the man in the picture might be mistaken for a representative or leader. I think it’s the fact that the man is making direct eye contact that gives off the wrong connotations. I don’t want the viewer to want to ask ‘who is that?‘ I need the pictures to be a bit more understated and anonymous so that the viewers can imagine that they want to join. I do not want to draw attention to this one individual.
head

A friend sent me this article to read. When I saw the picture I immediately realised that I could use a similar picture.
news article condoms idea 07 12 13
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519759/Porn-industry-shuts-AGAIN-star-tests-positive-HIV.html

I found this one. I’m glad I found it because it provides a pop of colour and its very relevant to the whole reason why I’m making this site. The connotations of this picture are safe sex which is the whole point of the union; to try to stop people catching HIV.
Colourful-Condoms-resize
http://www.eddystone.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Colourful-Condoms-resize.jpg

Photos I Considered But Didn’t Use

I looked at a lot of photos. Here are a few I didn’t end up using.
6509896313_0ca8240f23_o
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6509896313_0ca8240f23_o.jpg

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
http://www.jansphotoblog.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Studio-setup.jpg

SFarr_Hi
http://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/the_wire/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SFarr_Hi.jpg

9-46 Sleeping with the enemy liiving room-2
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_meAn67jJEs0/TNyQx1gPqYI/AAAAAAAACcU/lVAsTqI75e4/s1600/9-46+Sleeping+with+the+enemy+liiving+room-2.jpg

MG_3536
http://clerestoryproductionsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/MG_3536.jpg

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