Bachelors Degree Project

The unexamined life is not worth living” (Ancient Greek: ὁ … ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ) is a famous dictum apparently uttered by Socrates at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death, as described in Plato’s Apology (38a5–6).
The Philosophy

“The unexamined life is not worth living”, is a quote derived from prolific Western Philosopher, Socrates. It was recorded in Plato’s Apology. The philosophy explores the ideology of how humans should live their lives. It derives the thought that a person should use their own consciousness and explore life. Dictate their own direction, values and opinions and perceive their own ideas based on their own judgement. And that a life where someone follows the opinions of others and allows the direction of their own life be guided by the thoughts of others,
is in fact,‘the life not worth living’.

My Aim

My aim with this project is to invoke thought and for people to take something meaningful from this exhibition.
From a distance you see the beautiful imagery of nature and wildlife in their natural habitats. But on ‘taking a closer look’, you see this topic in a different light.
The message is for you to perceive your own judgement from taking a closer look
at something. Be open minded and explore life to form your own opinion.
Some things may not always be as they seem.

The Imagery

I am very passionate and motivated by nature and wildlife photography and video production. I wanted to highlight some of the current issues facing these topics. This is an examination and an in-depth look into ocean pollution, environmental concerns and wildlife deterioration and exploitation.
This imagery supports the ideology of Socrates. In one light we see wildlife in their natural habitats and in another we see this everyday issues that need to be acted upon. There are two sides to every story.
The imagery used for The Unexamined Life has been gathered from BBC, National Geographic and my own personal footage and photography.

The Technology

There is an intricate series of technologies used in this project .
I wanted this project to be autonomous and for viewers to naturally interact with the meaning. It begins with the Ultrasonic sensor beneath the frame. This acquires distance information and through several scripting languages.It then changes the images being displayed.When someone is greater than a specific distance it shows one video.
And when they come within another specific distance, taking a closer look, the second video plays.
The primary hardware to acheive this; Raspberry Pi3, Distance Sensor (HC-SR04), 4K LCD Panel and neccessary driver board.

Months to Create

Exhibited May 2018

in the Rory Gallagher Theater


The main coding languages used for this project were Javascript, .php, XML and Python.

Post Production

I used Adobe After Effects for this project. I shot my own footage with my own equipment. A Canon 1DX Mark II. I also acquired permission to use visual content from BBC and National Geographic for this exhibition. I rendered the video in 4k and mainly focused on colour grading as opposed to special effects.


I researched and studied how to physically construct the picture frame, 4k monitor screen, sensor and computer to run the project. This was a big learning curve in the project, but never deterred me from reaching and end product.

Graphic Design

I created the poster and advertisements in Adobe Illustrator. All graphic visuals used for this project I created i.e the poster.