The Truth Claim of Photography in Relation to My Practice – Assignment 1 – Contextual Studies

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The Truth Claim of Photography in Relation to My Practice There is an indexical connection between the photograph and a scene containing information the photograph captured. According to Barthes, 'a specific photograph, in effect, is never distinguished from its referent’ - (Barthes, 1984). This creates a very convincing illusion for the viewer that they were there, … Continue reading The Truth Claim of Photography in Relation to My Practice – Assignment 1 – Contextual Studies

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Noémie Goudal

© Noémie Goudal (2016) - Mechanical I-III

Something might have come to me when looking at Noémie Goudal’s fantastic work. I have been interested for some time in something I term in my head 'tessellating reality’. Here, a single picture of a scene is taken but then split up into smaller parts. These parts can overlap or tessellate to form the larger … Continue reading Noémie Goudal

The Relationship Between Photography and Reality

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Howells introduces the relationship between photography and reality. He does so in an easy to comprehend manner which I found conducive for understanding the essay. Firstly he describes the invention of photography and its formative years. This was information I’d largely heard about before but it does inform the rest of the essay going forwards. However, for me where the essay gets really interesting is Howells mentioning the arguments of Roger Scruton with his assertions that photography could not be considered an art form like painting could.

Rhetoric of the Image (1964) – Roland Barthes

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The image is something of an enigma for me with regards to meaning and, according to Barthes (1964), this mystery can be seen from two fronts. Firstly, linguists say that compared to language, the image is fairly simplistic: ‘the image is an extremely rudimentary system in comparison with language’ - (Barthes, 1964). Secondly, ‘those who think that signification cannot exhaust the image’s ineffable richness.’ - (Barthes, 1964). I would put Vilém Flusser in this second category who talks of the ‘magic’ of images recurring infinitely: ‘the image is none other than the world of magic, a world in which everything is repeated and in which everything participates in a significant context.’ - (Flusser, 1983).

More Notes on Vilém Flusser’s (1983) Book: Towards a Philosophy of Photography

I have decided to reread Vilém Flusser’s (1983) book: Towards a Philosophy of Photography for the reason I previously found it inspiring in my Documentary module and I hope to gain some more insight. In particular the concept of informative images as opposed to redundant images and how these two types of images effect us as we are enveloped in the 'Photographic Universe’ - (Flusser, 1983).