Who was Hecuba’s mother?

Wikipedia tells us that vector graphics are “computer graphics images that are defined in terms of 2D points, which are connected by lines and curves to form polygons and other shapes. Each of these points has a definite position on the x- and y-axis of the work plane and determines the direction of the path; further, each path may have various properties…

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What is a photograph?

The photograph cannot be a record of light, the imprint left by “the chemical response to radiant energy” (ROMER 2005: 1). The photograph is the information we define as light. Romer reminds us that the word ‘photography’ means “writing with light” (Ibid. 1). I would suggest a redefinition of the word ‘photography’, one seemingly asymmetrically…

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A brief history of photography (and painting)

Let us conceptualise in our minds two worlds: a big world and a small world. The small world lies engulfed in the big world. The big world is none other than the world we are embedded in at the moment. The small world, which lies buried deep within the big real world, is somewhat spherical…

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Farewell :-)

Stanley Cavell is quoted as saying: “Photography overcame subjectivity in a way undreamed of by painting, one which does not so much defeat the act of painting as escape it altogether: by automatism, by removing the human agent from the act of reproduction” (in SNYDER and ALLEN 1975: 145).  Yes, yet another trite comment about…

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The Post-Aesthetic Age: where everything is photographic

Photography is inherently not conceptual. A piece of visual work defined as being conceptual is a piece of work that clearly evinces the introduction of text into its machinations, text or any of its derivatives, in any of their multifarious formats. A piece of visual work defined as being conceptual is a textual image. Such…

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At the end of the tunnel there is only you

We see things from the wrong end. This statement has serious implications for all photography lovers. Imagine a big ship, berthed out at sea. You notice the ship at dusk while looking out from your balcony at home. The lights on the ship are on. There is thick fog in the air. You do not…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 10

Let us take a photograph, any photograph, and look at it. That done, let us now ask ourselves the question: do we see the photographic in the photograph? Clearly, we immediately sense that something is not altogether right in that question; some kind of craft is being practised there; this phantom interrogator, we firmly paranoically…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 9

In this blog post, I would like to set myself the task of answering the following question: how does one distance photography from nostalgia and allow it instead to manifest its pure meaning? In my previous blog posts, I repeatedly argued in various ways to the effect that most of the canons of art that…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 8

In a previous blog post, I wrote that visually we seem to have entered what I then termed the post-aesthetic age (click here to read that post). Really, all that denomination was meant to mean was that with the passing of time images seem to be increasingly becoming more and more aesthetically alike. Terming the…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 7

Let me start this blog post by stating the following premise: it might be incorrect to say, “I took the photo”, but it is definitely correct to say, “I chose the photo”. Looking back at the work I have collected so far in relation to my studies’ final major project (click here to see this…

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