Hey whether you are a photographer or not and you’re viewing this post I need your help with something I am working on. This is a selection of fine art photography, Irish landscape photography and also pictures of other places taken while on photography adventures. These are photographs that have been taken over the last 2 years for a project. I have created a video/slide show with them to experiment with presentation. I find laying images out on a blog page is a different experience for the viewer, a video or audio slide show is in its cinematic nature so crank that baby onto full screen! I am being deliberately vague of the subject of this project and I will go into details below so stay with me!
The medium of photography has long been associated with memory and there is a lot of material out there from Susan Sontag to Roland Barthes that discussed in detail the associations and reliability of using photography to aid memory or even to replace it. In a sense each image, to my mind acts like an anchor to trigger a memory, do you find the same thing? When you look at a photo album do the images trigger memories of the time and place? Or have you an experience of looking at a photograph where the memory has faded, the photograph is still clear but the associated memory is hazy? Have you had an experience where the photo becomes the memory? It takes over and replaces it?
Photography and Time
Time also has a strong effect on how we view images. Have you ever looked at Walker Evans’s American Photographs and wondered how they would have been seen at the time the book was published? I don’t mean how a critic would view them but how a contemporary would view them. Would they see them the way we see contemporary photography today? We view so many images today that we forget that these are likeness’ not the actual subject of the photograph that we are viewing and also we don’t register so many of the details in a modern image, the items and clothing, the fashion are so familiar that we don’t see them, not really.
Seeing in Black and White
While I was assembling this set of images I deliberately stayed away from using black and white photography. Can you guess why? In the past black and white was reserved for the use of art photography exclusively. Colour photography was the preserve of advertising and looked down on by the critics and the curators. Then William Eggleston had his famous show at MOMA and things changed. The real power of colour photography in my opinion is its everydayness. We see the world in colour, we have been taking colour photographs en mass since at least the early to middle 1960’s so colour is common currency, it is vernacular photography in all its mundane and ordinary beauty! Black and white photographs are really seen as vintage photography now.
So why have I deliberately left the subject of the video blank? Why is there no sound to accompany the slide show? Why is there no proper title? Because the work is not finished. I am reusing photo’s from my archive of the last 2 years since moving home to Ireland and re-contextualizing them. These were not consciously taken for this project they are reused and re-assembled the re-presented in a different running order.
Here’s where you come in!
I have not said what the meaning of the photography video is because I want to hear what you think it’s about, I want your input into this project. I want to collaborate with you dear reader. Any image can have many, many meanings and as the author of this piece of work I cannot prescribe what the meaning is to you, the reader or the viewer, because you will experience photography in a different way.
Call to Action!
Now this is where you come in! Please leave me a note in the comments section below and tell me what impression you have of the photo presentation. Please tell me what comes up for you when you look at it, what you feel the subject or subjects are, anything you want to say I will listen. I want your feedback. Please! Next week I plan to add a second variation of this project using different images and you can contribute there too! And please like and share it elsewhere too on Facebook, twitter and other social media!
Thanks in advance for your help!