Media Probe



Still Images

The food market 1:


The supermarket:


An old man is riding the escalator down alone:


The trolleys:


The food market 2:


The interview set-up:


An old lady is shopping in the market:



I remember I was watching TV at home and the door bell rang, I opened the door and see an old man standing outside, who is in an orange plaid shirt, dark blue pants, white-haired and pleasant. He said his name is Jeff and he is living next door, he has been mowing his lawn but all of his bins were full. He wants to borrow my spare bin to load the leaves and grasses that were cut off. I knew he was my neighbour, and I saw him often. But I have never talked to him since I moved to here. On a sudden, I was a little bit embarrassed, probably because I have been there for 2 years but never say hi to my neighbour, I quickly answered ‘Yes, yes, let me drag it to you.’

His garden is a quite big one; I don’t know how much time he spent to finish the mowing. It is a big project even to two young men. While we were loading the grasses, Jeff kindly asked my name and some other questions. When I told him that I am a student from China, he seemed very interested in my country. He told me that he always wanted to go to China, and planning to go there next year. ‘If you don’t mind,’ says Jeff, ‘please drop in anytime, and tell me more about China.’ I accepted his invitation with alacrity.

A week after, when I totally forgot about Jeff’s invitation, or maybe I just took it as a polite talk at first. My door bell rang again. ‘Hi Leon, I’m Jeff the neighbour, how are you going?’ I opened the door for him and he still looks pleasant. ‘Sorry for interrupted you again, I hope you have time to come over to my house and be my guest, I really need some good advises from you about travelling in China as we chatted last week?’ He looked at me expectantly, I really couldn’t say no to him, even though I was a little bit unwilling.

Jeff’s house is old but very clean, we were sitting on his sofa and chatting for 3 hours while drinking tea. I found out Jeff is a wise old man with lots of knowledge, he also has great sense of humour. Expect China, Jeff told me about his story too. He said his wife has passed away and all of his children are living overseas, although he didn’t mention, but I could still feel Jeff’s loneliness. It was a happy talk but also new experience to me because I have never tried to be friends with an elderly people, and I think it is pretty cool. The other young people should really make friends with them, the children should more often visit them, don’t let them be left out alone at home.


Overview of intimacy

Intimacy generally refers to the feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together. It is a familiar and very close affective connection with another as a result of a bond that is formed through knowledge and experience of the other. Intimate relationships involve physical and emotional intimacy and it plays a central role in the overall human society because we have a general desire to belong and to love. Intimate relationships involve feelings of liking or loving one or more people, romance, sexual relationships, or emotional and personal support between the members, therefore, it usually happens among the family members, or lovers, or close friends, or go a step further, it could happen between human and animals too. The feature of intimate relationships or intimacy is to allow a social network for people to form strong emotional attachments.

Nowadays, along with ‘the mobile phones turned-into-camera-plus-screen’ (Simons J, 2009), people like to record their life moments by their smart phones everyday, many of them involve the intimate relationships of families and friends, such as a kiss on a wedding, or a hug at a party. The smart phone highlights the advantages of easy sharing to allow people share these contents with others depends on various social networks. Also for capturing some of the moments that happen quickly, it requires the cameraman quickly turn on the device and start recording, which could be possibly done by portable devices like mobile phones only.

‘The performance is not in the images we take, share and send to each other that has taken so much focus, rather, it is the hapit space in which we perform co-presence.’(Hjorth L, 2012) The realness takes a big place of making a mobile films, so this is another affordance that mobile film making carries along.  Everyday we see people spontaneously conduct intimate interactions around us anytime, these are the spontaneous overflow of true emotions, and the most impressive moments.