Project 2 – It’s about time

The Image as document - Daniel Meadows' Free Photographic Omnibus and other projects I was deeply moved by the work of Daniel Meadows. It was interesting to see how the form of his work has evolved in time: both conceptually and materially. I also really appreciated watching the videos where he explains his approach to work;… Continue reading Project 2 – It’s about time

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Project 2 – It’s about time

Exercise 2: Is photography a medium uniquely suited to portraying time and the passage of time? For me, the mechanical nature of photography doesn't detract from its value as art; particularly when we consider that, in the age of contemporary art, the "thought" that informs a work of art is/may be considered as artful as… Continue reading Project 2 – It’s about time

Project 2 – It’s about time

Notes (from course binder): Time and photography are intrinsically linked: each photo is captured at a specific moment and each exposure lasts a specific duration. The earliest photographs had such long exposure times (several minutes even in daylight) that moving objects (ie: smoke, rippling water, moving vehicles or people) didn't register. Timing (the "decisive moment")… Continue reading Project 2 – It’s about time

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Notes from course text following reading of Dent's "Dealing with the Flood" Photography as art is fraught subject: it's hard to know how to put a price on an image that can so easily/cheaply be duplicated without any compromise/change to quality or process, or even slight changes in the way the image looks. There's also… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Notes re: Gareth Dent’s article "Dealing with the flood..." [accessed 28/11/17] Dent acknowledges, but doesn't move very deeply into, the questions raised by the "problem" or "question" or "issue" of too many images, or what I have called the "new banality of photography". In particular, he notes how other artists (notably, photographers) are responding to… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Research point: John A. Walker's "Context as Determinant of Photographic Meaning" [accessed 21/11/17] Notes:  Walker brings to light the range of contexts in which a same photo might be encountered, and how the context--rather than the content, necessarily--informs our interpretation/understanding of the photo. Points out that most critical analyses of photos focus on what's inside… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Project 1 – Photography: art or science?

Exercise 1 - What makes photography unique? How do we situate photographs in time? New York Museum of Modern Art Curator John Szarkowski said in his 1966 book The Photographer's Eye that some of what made photography (as an art form) unique included: the photo itself, as (presumably tangible) object the detail (presumably, the fact… Continue reading Project 1 – Photography: art or science?