A Photography project that I need your help on!

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!

Photographic Memory

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.

In Conclusion

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!

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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6 Responses to A Photography project that I need your help on!

  1. Catherine says:

    To me it’s about several things. How a car can get you places but uses up natural resources. You can think you’ve been to a place just by going through it in a car or sitting there and looking at the view. Seeing the world through a glass screen instead of getting out there and feeling the breeze in your hair and the sun or rain on your face.

  2. Stefan Shillington says:

    I like the general documentary feel but it is not consistent. There are a couple where “composition ” is rather too “self-conscious” fo me. Also I am not convinced by the sequence, there seems to be a lost opportunity here, where is the strong initial image to draw us in?

  3. Yiannitsa Cegarra says:

    I watched the film Fracture the other day, and I was attracted to the name and its meaning and its supposed link to the film. Now looking back at your set this BoW links to my feeling of Fracture, as I said on Flickr, the meaning of not really being there/connected (foot on the ground), not really separated from nature but finding a way to dislocate from it – car. You understood time-travel and that’s a feeling I too get from looking at it, as if swiftly dragged from one place to the other…

    I appreciate the video/slide as I’m not required to click to view the next image so can seat back and enjoy it. Not so sure about the light grey background, I think white works best – but that’s a personal taste – for both B&W and colour.

    Hope this helps. Looking forward to the next instalment. 🙂

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