Some provocative thoughts on the genesis of virtual world and function of photography in it
(A short article of long title.)
The times that invented photography were a vibrant ones in terms of rapid technological and economical development and also in comprehension towards reality and the world around us. Photography caused a new understanding of space – time relationship. When people were looking at photographs, they understood the images as a faithful representation of reality. That caused a creation of new phenomena: virtuality.
As reported in many sources, people were afraid of new realism that quickly emerged. It required a vast amount of time to pass before people felt confident with photography. Photography flourished in the 20th century. Everyone took pictures and thus everyone became a photographer. With the invention of digital image everything changed. Process of producing images became so easy that there are just a few serious photographers left. In contemporary photography image is not the goal as it was before. Nowadays the key is the understanding of contemporary photography concept and it’s process.
Allegory in appropriation art by Jure Kastelic
Jure Kastelic (b. 1992) is a Slovenian photographer, currently studying BA Photography in Brighton, UK. This essay was a part of first year’s theoretical study obligations.
Allegory is one of the most universally used devices in literature and, more importantly for this essay, in visual arts. Allegory is spread across all forms, genres and can appear in different modes. Historically allegories allowedfor institutions such asChristianity to translate pagan symbols and traditions into their religion. Similarly, Renaissance artists used their own allegorical code of depicting symbols that suggested conventional appearances and attributes of them. The whole allegory foundation of Western world leans on Plato’s theory of appearances with higher meaning. Likewise the definition of allegory, as suggested by Macey, is a form of narrative or a visual image whose literal or obvious meaning masks one or more other meanings.1 Owens argues with approval, and claims that the function of allegory was and still is to rescue from historical oblivion that which threatens to disappear. Allegory is, therefore, the mediator between past and present and translates what would in other way disappear. Critically, allegory was for the last two centuries perceived as an outmoded, exhausted device; a matter of historical but certainly with no critical interest, Owens cites Borges.2 The complexity of contemporary work produced with new technologies, ideas and approaches restored and refreshed interest in allegory for artists as well as critics.
Creative – with one eye poked out
Documentary photography has turned from the real world to the every person’s different truth. Some photographers nowadays are willing to poke one eye out, to explore how you can see the world without it... I am purposely over exaggerating, of course. But, can you see that the concept of a photographic series as your own limitation, which actually helps you? That is what I am talking about, it is an eye poked out. It is a creative process, stigmatized with self limitations.
Thoughts on “A fictive story” experiment!
From the first moment I signed into the flicker account, I realised it is a useful tool. I would define myself as a lazy kind of photographer, shooting only about 50 to 70 rolls of film yearly. Since you can spend an awful lot of time, energy and money I find photography hard to do. But I still love it. What’s the point? So many great vernacular photos have already been made and for that reason I find my photographic work sometimes useless. About two weeks ago, when we seriously started our project Ena rola filma, I thought of a way, how to use other’s people photos to create new series. A completed body of work, with false story and with manipulated meanings of original images.