Part 4, Project 2 (It’s about time) – Exercise 4

Role of photography, evidence or art? I think photography does both at the same time; it provides a record of the artwork and serves as a continuation of the artwork itself. In the case of ephemeral art, photography allows the work to remain visually alive and increases its accessibility, since I doubt few people are able… Continue reading Part 4, Project 2 (It’s about time) – Exercise 4

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' (1936) by Walter Benjamin Notes & points of interest 'The result was that one could expect it not only to exploit the proletariat with increasing intensity, but ultimately to create conditions which would make it possible to abolish capitalism itself.' (Preface) Methods of mechanical reproduction: woodcut, printing, engraving,… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Part 4, Project 2 (It’s about time) – Exercise 2

Photography portrays time and passage of time I really don't think photography is only suited to portraying time and the passage of time. It does do that, but not only that. It can also portray an emotion, opinion, place, a face, a fact, show something educational or simply show something beautiful. Sometimes an image's subject will be… Continue reading Part 4, Project 2 (It’s about time) – Exercise 2

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Read Gareth Dent’s article 'Dealing with the flood...' Dent has cited a quote by Robert Frank that I've found really interesting: 'There are too many images, too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Read ‘Context as a Determinant of Photographic Meaning’ by John A. Walker Notes & points of interest Infinite amount of interpretations vs. consensus about connotation and denotation Reception theory (ideal readers), reception history (actual readers over time) 'But if an image had so many meanings, did this not render it meaningless?' (Introduction) 'We cannot directly share… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Reflection #2

The Importance of Context in Photography I must mention something I've just read from the course text: 'Today photography is by far the most widespread art form and that means we tend to lose sight of the photograph as object.' YESS!!! I agree so much with this. We have stopped focusing on photography as photography and instead pay more attention to the subject… Continue reading Reflection #2

The Pencil of Nature (Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art)

The Pencil of Nature: Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art, p. 3-13 I found Talbot's book so interesting that I've decided to keep reading and making notes of it. I'll be using the version of the book with images found in Project Gutenberg. Notes & points of interest Camera Lucida '...the inimitable beauty of the… Continue reading The Pencil of Nature (Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art)

Assignment two – After feedback (Reflection)

I received my feedback for assignment two. I got really nervous before opening it and actually delayed doing so for a few hours. One of the things pointed out in the report is that I didn't reference any sources, and thus didn't demonstrate that I researched and read around. Since this was an interpretative assignment, I tried… Continue reading Assignment two – After feedback (Reflection)

Project 4 (The Road) – Room Seven: Itinerancy

Room Seven: Itinerancy (p.150-158) Itinerancy: traveling from place to place. Artists Francis Alÿs Robery Smithson Janet Cardiff Rirkrit Tiravanija Shimabuku Impact of time, place and journey on Shimabuku’s ‘Cucumber Journey’ (p.156 - 157) Shimabuku's 'Cucumber Journey' is about the relationship of change and time. He embarked on a two-week-long canal boat trip from London to Birmingham. As he made his slow trip, he… Continue reading Project 4 (The Road) – Room Seven: Itinerancy