So here I am, being excited about my GoPro Hero3 and sharing my best picture of the week with you lot. I am still back at Guernsey, diving and practising my skill at underwater photography. Soon I will be back at Uni and off to do my diving course at Plymouth. But so far – picture of the week and I will be in touch 🙂
It has been a while since I updated my blog… Apologies to anyone who has waited for new photos and slightly entertaining notes ( I am away on holiday, or I should say I am working hard while I am away from UNI )
So, so far I haven’t been good and my camera has sat at corner of my room (sad times), but TODAY was THE day, when I got out and took my brother with me and did some under water shots ( after all I had to test my sooo brand NEW GoPro3, happy days )
I have just one image, or maybe two, that I am pleased of. The other ones were just for a test, as you do.
What else – oh yes, I got myself a new lens ( 105mm, f2.8 Macro ) lovely, my man loves it!!!! Still I haven’t had any decent time off to explore the world with this new shiny toy, so I have just a test run (please bare with me)
As far as my photography stuff – You will get some decent images when I am back at UNI, as for now that’s it for a little while.
Enjoy the summer, we are having some lovely weather. 😀
Paul Strand- “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”
Lived largely as military man, but is known as a French writer.
His work is parody like, talking about his room, but it still has been told in charming way.
The brother of noted philosopher, Joseph de Maistre published the book he wrote and it became popular, most of people started to write a little travel books.
A Journey Round My Room (1871)
In 1790 Xavier de Maistre was punished for having gotten into a duel by being put under house arrest for forty-two days. De Maistre cleverly took advantage of his sequestration, finding within his own four walls a wealth of material to dwell on. His short book, Voyage around my Room, recounts his expeditions during that time. It is a travel book like no other. De Maistre suffered few hardships: he had his faithful servant tending to his daily needs, and his dog, Rosine, is a stalwart companion. Physically de Maistre could not roam far and so most of the travels were, indeed, leaps of the imagination — but he did find a surprising amount of material in his fairly comfortable room. He slowly leads the reader around it, describing the pictures on the walls, the vistas and prospects within and beyond the room, exploring and dwelling on objects that are otherwise taken for granted. And what he see brings back memories, focusses ideas, leads him to look at things anew. / http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/ancienf/xdem1.htm /“When I travel thought my room, I rarely fallow a straight line: O go from the table towards a picture hanging in a corner; from there, I set out obliquely towards the door; but even though, when I begin, it really is my intention to go there, if I happen to meet my armchair en route, I don’t think twice about it, and settle down in it without further ado.” From: Xavier de Maistre ‘Voyage autour de ma chambre’
Domestic items, for making art.
She had a child, and she moved to south west, I bet she felt like a French writer. As she was stuck at home, she tried to look for a way to express her. 1993, she started to take pictures at home.
Everyday Dada – House beautiful
– high contrast of the textures she is using. She plays with opposites, and in a way it is nice, it is like a nightmare of a housewife.
‘The photos represent critical reflection on the space we inhabit, from the domestics of home to the natural landscapes’(From Louise Wolthers essay)
Everyday Dada – Serving Suggestions
Everyday Dada – Serving Suggestions – She presenting different sugesstions. The images are confusing using subjects you would use daily and replacing them with food.
– The images disrupt and confuse the usual categories of objects and their meaning.
– Reminds us of home and food magazine – of the familiar cookbook aesthetic or tips on the packet on how to serve food: ‘Serve with a garnish of fresh chopped herbs, a slice of freshly baked bread and a glass of chilled white wine.’(from Louise Wolthers essay)
Freelance photographer. Born in Budapest 1894, Died 1985
Moved to New York – he felt isolated in New York
SX70 – polarizer camera, started to take photos from his window.
Built up to personal photos. When his wife died he barely left the flat, most of the images are melonhonic and nostalgic images, things of objects. His home is his world, taking pictures of his home was his way of living.
Hi has a set of images with figures. First started off with two and ended up with one.
This figures become he as lonely individual.
“It quickly came to be that I grew interested in photographing whatever was there wherever I happened to be. For any reason”
Born 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee
He has everyday view of things, bold with contrast
The angle he uses to create these images. Some would say that his images are ordinary, but still with a detail and meaning behind them.
Changing the angle and being different, taking photos of a bicycle from very low angle can create the feeling of monumental.
Everyday beautiful things, noticing something and taking picture of it, having something in your head and at some point it all comes together.
The ordinary subject matter
Museum of Modern Art, his first show wasn’t huge success; people were interested but not overly excited. After a while, people started to wonder – “how could he notice this at that point”
Unique style to bind beauty and amazing colors.
Dad’s Office (1997 – 1999)
Make his money with fashion photography. Everything he is publishing at the moment is his personal work. He does fashion few times a year and the rest of time he spends on his personal work.
His work is of the moment, where he lives what he sees. He has a feeling to do this, to capture images. Work is about observation of his day life. And finding beauty in things that other people would find disgusting.
He always shooting on 5×4 camera
In a way he is more interested in the story of light of the way it travels across the room and lies on the object. He wants to tell the story to people.
“When I am inspired to photograph something, that’s what I try to respond to. I try to be open to seeing in this way. Maybe it’s not a very modern way of thinking, but I think that’s a very lovely thing.”
Born 1950, is a key figure in British landscape photography
He is shooting 10×8, he had exhibition last year and published a book last November. It is not the same to view a image as the pictures of the exhibition. The pictures are objects.
He goes and takes pictures once a month or two months. His projects take time and he is slow with them. Trying to get used to camera or project. And as he usually says: Pictures are objects.
He was working around his house, he didn’t need anything else just a camera and tripod. Much more free and much more flexible – working around your house.
Restricted in your house – no, you have a way to change the viewpoint of have you take picture. You can work around it.
By traveling you can find yourself, but you can loose yourself easily.
“Look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningness.” – Paul Strand
Susan Sontag (1933 – 2004)
Book published in 1977.
It received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
Her essays explored the value
We have come much more of a visual society and the way she wrote the book in 1977 is different to what we are now. She still talks about stuff that was patronized over and over again.
Her quotes have been used over and over again.
“Photographs furnish evidence. Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when we’re shown a photograph of it…. The camera record incriminates…. Photographs become a useful tool of modern states in the surveillance and control of their increasingly mobilde populations. In another version of its utility, the camera record justifies. A photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened. The picture may distort, but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is like what’s in the picture”. (Sontag, 1977, p4)
– is photograph absolute truth
Sontag did predicted that photography will change a lot for people and social media.
Diane Arbus, “Sideshow Freaks” –
Diane Arbus killed herself, aged 48, on 26 July 1971. On the 40th anniversary of her death, it’s worth reconsidering her artistic legacy. Her work remains problematic for many viewers because she transgressed the traditional boundaries of portraiture, making pictures of circus and sideshow “freaks”, many of whom she formed lasting friendships with.
If Arbus undoubtedly felt at home among the outsiders she photographed, she also experienced a frisson of guilty pleasure when photographing them. “There’s some thrill in going to a sideshow,” she once confessed of her nocturnal visits to the circus tents of Coney Island, where performers were still earning a living in the 1960s. “I felt a mixture of shame and awe.”
Her works make us question not just her motives for looking at what the critic Susan Sontag – with typical hauteur – called “people who are pathetic, pitiable, as well as repulsive”, but also our own. In perhaps the most angry essay in her book On Photography, Sontag insists that Arbus’s gaze is “based on distance, on privilege, on a feeling that what the viewer is asked to look at is really other”.
“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favotire things about it,” Diane Arbus wrote, “and when I first did it I felt very perverse.” (Platos Cave, p12)
Is it fine for use to observe such information, does person who holds a camera has a little bit of license to observe what other people don’t? And where are the limits? Should images like “Sideshow freaks” sould be hidden from society?
She is talking about the importance of what we do, and the value of the things. And that we should step back and appreciate things. (Susan Sontag with her book made people question times like these.)
“Being educated by photographs is not like being educated by older, more artisanal images.”
“To collect the photographs is to collect the world.” (I felt that this quote links to p4) – “Newspapers and magazines feature them, cops alphabetize them, museums exhibit them, publishers compile them.”
– By these quotes she represents the importance of visual representation and photographs themselves. The way we use them daily to promote, introduce, inform people and archive them so we could link back to the history.
“What is written about a person or an event is frankly an interpretation, as are handmade visual statement, like paintings and drawings. Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone make or acquire.”
– Although she talks about the truth behind the images, Eddie Adams, war photographer, said to the Time magazine: “The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapons in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truth.” (Photo Box p84)
“Photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power.”
(something for “Family Album.”) – “According to a sociological study done in France, most households have a camera, but a household with children is twice likely to have at least one camera as a household in which there are no children.” And “A family’s photograph album is generally about the extended family – and, often, is all that remains of it.”
“It seems positively unnatural to travel for pleasure without taking a camera along.” – from my experience, I have my camera with me 24/7, and when I am with my family I am dragging it along everywhere. Mainly because I am expected to and secondly because I want to capture moments where we are most happy, relaxed and maybe not so happy, it is like a treasure of happiness we are capable looking back at. It isn’t unnatural to travel with out a camera, it is natural to have it with me!!!
“Using a camera appeases the anxiety” and “having a camera has transformed one person into something active, a voyeur: only he has mastered the situation.”– Communication with others might seem easier when you’re hiding behind a frame and your capable of directing them, as you’re the one in charge. Some people use the camera as a mask to avoid any unnecessary communication.
“Picture-taking is an event in itself.”
“After the event is ended, the picture will still exist.” – Documentary photography, a sign that something has happened, the moment has passed, but we have that record of it.
“To take a picture is to have an interest in things as they are,”
“there is something predatory in the act of taking a picture. To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them the can never have; it turns people into objects that can by symbolically possessed.” – reviewing people from a side and taking image of them is like taking a part of their soul.
“When we are afraid, we shoot.” – photography is center of experience.
“It is a nostalgic time right now, and photographs actively promote nostalgia.”
In 1899 George Eastman had marketed his revolutionary hand-held Kodak with the slogan “You press the button, we’ll do the rest”
This was the beginning of an era when the “amateur” … recorded family life. This new technology changed perception of the domestic world and redefined who had the right to record it. / Wells (2004)
I love my family album,
If I have a time or having a bad time – I do look back at those images. They might make me cry, make me smile, but most of all they remind me of my family, of the good times, and maybe not so good times. The people I didn’t know, but my parents knew, the people who I grown up with and some I haven’t seen for far too long time. The places I have visited or I have left and most of all it just keeps the treasure of all my memories. It doesn’t matter, how silly you look with a bow in your hair that is bigger then your head, or your wearing your favorite skirt, which by your mums comment were the only thing you would allowed her to dress you in…
I have stories that have been built around those images, from my mum’s, dad’s, and grandma’s point of view.. My own mischievous scribbles behind the images (that obviously weren’t allowed, as I was tiny and I didn’t had a clue what to or how to write). This is all ME, me and my family, friends and the place.
I believe that we all have these good and not so good memories, we might choose to show these images to others or keep them just to ourselves, but at the end of the day, no matter what we decide to do with them, they (the photographs) will be the story tellers of our life.
What makes me wonder is that if the “Family Album” is all about portraits of people, group shots taken at Christmas, Easter, Christening, Wedding, Birthday, in my case Name Days, New born Babies, Prom and maybe just some ordinary day in kitchen, when mum is cooking, baking and defiantly entertaining us.
As Susan Sontag said: “A family’s photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.”
Does “Family Album” involves shots of your favorite place, food, drinks or a green house with amazing poppies, that are not needed to be at that particular bed, random snaps, that remind you of fabulous road trip through 8 countries (this did happen to me, I was rather moody, and sleepy and so not enjoying early morning run to the nearest shop for a cup of coffee)… Returning to the point I was making, is “family pictures” all about the family, or does the place and space around as tells the story as well as a snap of my grandma sitting by the Christmas tree.?
For me (as a person with point of view) I have to say, that not all of the stuff you have snapped away should be displayed in Facebook, blog or any other delightful 21st century invention.
I know it is what we are tented to do. And I do it, with out thinking of it. Till my brother and his fiancée had a baby girl (yes, I am a proud auntie) that was the moment when I released that those moments should be kept in private. I am not saying that I wouldn’t be tempted to upload silly, adorable and amazing images of this little girl (the same as her parents), but shouldn’t it be decided by her. After all, she is the one we are exposing to other. I don’t count this as being over protective, I count it as being protective over a child, and if one day she decides she will post images of her first birthday, first car, or University graduation, she will have those images and rights to use them as she please.
Social media is bigger then we think it is and it can be used in different way.
I know that there are people who do produce images of their personal life and still do display them socially as work of art, Richard Billingham (as one of them) photographed his family for many years, and his proximity and familiarity mate it possible for him to record the minute of their everyday life.
Richard Billingham is an artist who is well aware of the nuances of visual culture, and his lengthy study of his family is built upon familiarity and access. It is “family photography” of a remarkable kind, made in the chaotic interior of the family’s council apartment. Billingham says: “I was shocked when I relized that people can’t read photographs… People weren’t seeing any beauty underneath, none of the composition, none of the pattern.” – Surprisingly I don’t see it either. There is nothing pelasing about this image.
But I decided to look at this from different point of view. What about others, what if there are people who can relate their own experience to this. What if, the colors of wallpapers and different patterns reminds them of their own childhood and home, place to feel safe. In this case, yes I can’t agree with the artist and say – you have your point there. There are people and their families are different and the relationships are different, but should it be published?
“Changing the Context”
2. To expand news globally
When it comes to social media, it can be useful for people that have gone missing or have committed crime, these images, that used to be family portraits, that are meant to be for private view turns into something outstanding, something recognized… For example Madeleine McCann was abducted from Praia Da Luz, Portugal on 03/05/2007, at that time I was at Guernsey, visiting my family and her images were displayed everywhere and still there are Airports, bus stops, train stations just a random notice boards, where you are able to see this little girl. These images that has turned from something personal to something global brings people together and it does change the context of “Family Album” into crime and global news.