For… Photography is becoming more popular

For my task I was asked to decide to either make the point FOR or AGAINST the use of digital photography. For this I decided to go FOR

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS BECOMING MORE POPULAR.

To support this I found this article that back’s my point, which I felt were key reasons as to why digital photography is becoming popular.

However, I also came up with some of my ideas of:

  • It is easily accessible by anyone today,
  • People prefer to have their own copies that hold memories for them.
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When looking at creating imagery a key part in my mind is using a camera. However, imagery can also be created through camera less photography. Key people for this are to me Man Ray and Susan Derges. However, I also found Floris Neus and Garry Fabian Miller’s work interesting.

These people created imagery through the use of photograms, this is through placing items onto photographic paper and shining light onto the paper for a set amount of time. This left the paper as black with white imprints.

For a task I created my own version

My photograpms.

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In my task I was asked to create a piece based on me through personal belongings. I was also asked to create a collage as an option so I decided to be creative and collage an image a girl through the use of my items.

In my lecture, I was also introduced to the work of both Miska Henner and Doug Rickard. These people create imagery through the use of Google Earth. This intern has led to Miska Henner being nominated for the Deichebank Prize.

From this I created an image of my route with 3 key points of my route being shown as another task. This was done through the aid of Google earth and the imagery available on it.

Readings

Photographys other histories

Tsinhnahjinnie H J. When is a photograph worth a thousand words?

In Photographys

Here the question is what makes the photograph hold a thousand words? Then answers it as being based on the context being key. This then says depending on the theme of wether the picture is based on history or something you can relate to. If history then what does it tell you about that’s what photographed. If something you can feel or remember learning about it then what does it spring to your mind and how well do you remember the information. This also points out that detail is not need so to gather the information but more of what can you tell by just looking at what is shown.

 

From this I have chosen to link my assignment with “When is a photograph worth a thousand words?” This is as I feel that my imagery will link well with this text when showing people’s personalities through their belongings. From this it enforces the personal experience in the imagery. Along with showing that the imagery is not just of every day items but also based on what people care about and how they feel about their things.

Digital Natives

The natives are split into three parts these are Agrarian, Industrial and Digital age. In this the digital natives are those who are born after the 1980’s. While the digital age is key for photography as it is a way in which to gather information through devices within a touch of a few buttons before hand you’d have to buy items to collect the items or travel to find the information. Where as nowadays one person can do it instead of having the share the work between them.

This information though could be incorrect as there is too much information so it can easily be out by parts and give different amounts depending on different points of view. It can also take away identities by how many times it is reproduced easily compared to before plus information is not private any more. Along with having access to digital technology becoming a necessity.

Digital natives are important to photography as it shows that you have to be connected nowadays so to get your work known. Also when connecting with people you need to be careful what you put online as the persona you give is how you are seen as being.

Readings

For my main assignment I was asked to look at different types of readings.

These were:

Classic texts

Barthes,R.(2000) Studium & Punctum in Camera Lucida:

Reflections on photography Vintage books London 25-°©28

Here Barthes looks at the punctum being an emotional affect that makes you respond to an image and makes you want to choose it. This you can’t explain what draws you to that image but you decide that that is the chosen piece that you use compared to all the rest that are found on a contact sheet. As it just gives you a certain feeling about it.

Sontag, S. (2002) Platos Cave in On photography

Penguin England 3-°©24

In this text the writer asks more about the moral obligation and how you respond to it. Here the question is if you see a disaster will you help or do you photograph it? In both sides the point is key as if someone is hurt the main response of many is to help them. However, if someone didn’t photograph it then how would people know that such thing happens – it would all be based on word of mouth and no proof of it.

Benjamin W (2008) The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction in

The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction

Penguin books London 1-°©50

This text was based on when the one image is singular it is unique as there is not another one in existence. Where as if it is duplicated then the image has many copies. Intern Benjamin’s question is does an image lose anything in its reproduction as the images authenticity is reduced?

5D Recording

Today I was introduced to the Canon 5D camera.

I am use to using digital cameras as it is; especially Canon camera’s but this camera was new to me. When using this camera you have both photography and video available including sound, which you can flip between easily.  Also when altering the settings you can view the change on the screen so to view the best outlook possible.

From using this camera, you can create new styles such as panning and zooming in a careful and controlled way whilst creating a guided view.

For this I am going to use the camera for my assignments. However, I am doing tests so to be use to using the equipment. This is one of my tests…

Adobe Premier Test from Deana Chantler on Vimeo.

When working with this camera though, I found it to be quite easy to use as I was able to view the changes each time I altered a setting. The flipping between photography and film was also a successful feature for me to have to hand, which I enjoyed and due to this I feel I want to use the camera more.

However, I did find that the camera was difficult to use when it came to keeping it steady due to how heavy the camera is when holding this. This though is a minor problem that can be solved by a tripod so it can easily be overcome.

Photography and Moving Image

To start off my new assignment I was shown a range of films. These films were based on the use of different subjects but centred on still images. However, the one’s that stuck out to me were Le Jetee (The Pier by Chris Marker), which focused on stills being placed together so to tell a story. Here the context was key so to know what people had been influenced by at the time as it was created, based on the end of WWIII.

Another film that was key is Dean Chalkey’s Soul Scene – this one is also important to my project. This video was based on entertainment and uses music so to impact the work. The music intern also creates an emotion to the image as well as the location that is capture. Also enforcing the enjoyment of the people who are photographed.

A final film that stood out to me was Simone Cecilie Grytter, 2011 film Between the Birds. Here she spoke about the obsession of bird watching in her work, however this was all based in another language meaning that to understand it subtitles were needed. This I found interesting as it meant that it wasn’t set on the one set language. So people of other backgrounds could understand it. Plus English wasn’t the key language so it made me look at a film differently compared to being handed the information easily. This intern led me to taking more interest in the film compared to a typical glance over. It also made me appreciate being able to understand the speaker instead of taking it for granted.

From this I feel that key points I should look at are the way in which the images impact the emotion throughout. Along with the consecutive order plus most importantly to the sound is how clear it is for the listener. Also the same effect should be shown throughout in both moving image and still so to make them run consecutively.

What Is A Photograph?

A photograph is something that leaves a trace of the world of a set time for sometime on. It is a two-dimensional piece that can be multi-coloured, monotone, black and white, vivid or muted. To create these photographs, a photographer will decide what goes in and stays out of the image. Due to this the photographer is the key part as they have the most control over what is captured. Even though there are three people involved in an image, the photographer, subject and viewer. Here the photographer has the most control and the subject has none, so you look at what the photographer is conveying.

People see a photograph as something that tells the truth as it documents what is happening at a time. This though can be altered as the context affects what someone reads from the image. It can also be altered by many techniques as well as create tension through two images or tell a narrative through three images. These usually hold a relationship through their stillness.

What Is A Photographer?

A photographer is someone that sees the world through a lens in a creative way. This is through the photographer pre-visualizing the image that can be seen as a work of art or something useful. From doing this a problem can be solved by the use of a photograph. This is mainly by framing the world through taking the rest of the world out of the frame, intern isolating the subject and constructing a visual statement.

The statement usually consists of saying what the image denotes so to say the basic obvious of what can be seen. Before looking at the connotation, which explains, what the aspects denoted explains by what it brings to mind. Through doing this a photograph can tell the viewer where it was made, when it was made, how it was made and how it was lit.