I chose this image because I think it is very visually pleasing and interesting, but also because it is related to my constructing realities project idea and it gives me inspiration for that assignment. I like the photograph because it has wide tonal range and is very smooth. I like that the photo uses a reflection to show two separate things at once: the teapots and the people on the street. I also like that the teapots are the main subject of the photo and take up most of the space, while the reflection is subtlety placed on the side of one of the teapots. The small reflection gives only a small amount of information about the location of the teapots; enough to make viewers wonder about the context of the photo, but not enough to fully explain it. The teapots could be displayed at a vendor’s booth, or sitting on a restaurant table. I like that the photo leaves something to the imagination and portrays a scene that might just look like a normal street corner in a new and interesting way. I hope to use reflections in similar ways to create interesting images for my constructing realities project.
For my constructing realities project, I would like to focus on reflections. I think that, although reflections are just images of the world around us, they can show us the world in a new light. By showing us everyday things, which we have become so used to seeing, from a different perspective, reflections can help us to consider things in new ways and to think more deeply about them than we otherwise might have. I will take pictures of the reflections of everyday objects and scenes, like household rooms and objects, outdoor scenes, and public buildings. I will use many different reflective surfaces, including windows, mirrors, glasses, and water to try and capture the world of reflections.
- Travel/physically being in one place while mentally being in another
I plan to create where someone is mentally by showing that person in their state of mind. Creating their dream world or where they wish to be, while showing pieces of where the person actually is. The two places will be opposites of one another to show their contrast of each other.
- America without cultural influence/diversity
To create America without diversity or other cultural influence, I plan on using photos of stereotypical America, and piece them together creating a new scene by taking out anything from another cultural. These photos will be my own along with other photos found online.
For your next project (a series of 4-6 images) I would like you to construct an environment that would not exist otherwise and investigate it through photographs. This environment may be based on a dream, or conversation you found interesting, or it may be inspired by real events. For inspiration check out the following artists works:
Thomas Demand (an article about his work can be found here) he constructs sets entirely out of paper. They are made to look like offices and laboratories.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard (read further here) uses simple tools such as masks to unsettle the suburban settings of his childhood.
Taryn Simon (read here) inspired by true stories of those incarcerated when innocent has created a series of images that imagines the “criminals” in the location where a crime took place.
Can the advances of technology destroy classic processes? No, did everyone stop using desktops when laptops were invented? People tend to lean towards whatever is more convenient, but not everyone gets rid of the old for the new. For example, Instagram is very accessible to the average joe because all you need is a phone, unlike analog photography where one would need a camera, film, paper, and a darkroom. However, there are many photographers who still use analog photography as there primary media, and have instagram accounts. Personally I think analog photography is much more interesting because you have a lot more control of your final product.
I think instagram is a positive contribution to the arts. Instagram allows photographers to share their photos to a huge range of people. Most of the people that I am referring to, take amateur photos and as a result they are more impressed with the experienced photographers work. Instagram pushes the envelope for people who have never had an interest in photography. Making them more likely to visit art galleries, exhibits, etc, because of what instagram has exposed them too. On the contrary, you don’t see as many people purchasing Kodak cameras anymore. I just recently bought a Kodak camera, but now it is hard to find someone who develops the film for them (hint: not easily accessible). I wanted that nostalgia back in my life, and I am sure that I am not the only person.
One thing that caught my attention in the article is how it talked about the demise of Kodak being not only an economic tragedy, but a tragedy of cultural life as well. When hearing about things going out of business or becoming obsolete, I never really considered the economic downturn it would lead to, I was always more focused on how sad it was that it would no longer be a part of our culture.
When Hostess went out of business, all of America was freaking out and making a big deal out of it. I personally don’t eat their products very often and did not really care. However, when Kodak went out of business, I didn’t hear anyone ( with the exception of the article of course) talking about it. I have to wonder what kind of country we live in where everyone sheds a tear for Twinkies but could care less about creative analog processes.
I have always been the last to embrace new technology, the “grandma” of my generation. I hold on to the old ways for as long as possible and reject new technologies. I don’t really know why I do this, maybe I have no real need for new technology, or maybe I just can’t just shake off my nostalgia for older ones.
I have always been fascinated with older, more primitive lifestyles, thinking them better than modern society, for example Native Americans. I think their way of life was so much more wholesome, in tune with nature, and free, among many other things. I enjoy stories like ‘Walden’ and ‘Into the Wild’ where people abandon the comforts of technology and opt for a naturalistic self reliant lifestyle. I have a lot of respect and admiration for people who live that way.
Ultimately, I have a much higher opinion and preference of analog versus digital processes. There are a few exceptions, for example medicine, where new technologies win my heart, but for the most part I think that analog processes inspire creativity, self reliance, thoughtfulness, and even intelligence. Nowadays, well done handmade objects have a lot more value and are more sought after than machine made ones. I think that new technologies will cause a lot of problems for the younger generation. How can anyone learn spelling properly when auto-correct automatically corrects you and finishes words for you? Analog processes require skill and I consider them to be a craft, a fine art, while digital processes provide shortcuts and take the easy way, while quality and standards of quality plummet.
Musician who uses old sounds (from early nintendo games, early software, machinery, etc.) with new computer oriented sounds to create something new found here
Analog vs. Digital, “The Medium is the message” thoughts by Marshall Mcluhan found here
Lynn Cazabon artist website, specifically “Uncultivated” series, and “Film Reel” series, found here
In his article, Farago describes the advancements in technology that allow for a more widespread practice of photography in a very negative light. The author explains that because cameras are so readily available, people take many pictures without putting in much creative thought. I disagree with Farago’s main argument; I believe that the increased availability of cameras gives more people the opportunity to capture their “Kodak moments” and express themselves creatively.
While I do believe that the advancement of technology often destroys and replaces more traditional processes, it seems that when classic processes offer an experience that new processes do not, there can be value in continuing to employ those classic process. This seems to be the case with analog photography: I believe that analog photography continues to be practiced and taught, despite the invention of digital photography and photo editing software, because it offers a unique method of creating photographs.
Therefore, while I support the widespread practice of photography with devices like camera phones, I also believe that it is important that we continue to recognize the unique characteristics of classic analog photography and to appreciate the value of these characteristics. Otherwise, this classic process may become obsolete.
Please read the article in the link above, and respond with your thoughts on the questions addressed in the reading. When you are ready, upload a one paragraph response to this article. When uploading, title the response with Analog vs. Digital, and your name, then enter your paragraph response into the body of the post.