- Roland Barthes' thoughts on photography {Camera Lucida} paired with Donnie Darko's discovery of the effluence of Time {Donnie Darko, Directed by Richard Kelly}

 "The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star. A sort of umbilical cord links the body of the photographed thing to my gaze...’ 

Donnie_1.jpg
Donnie_3.jpg
Donnie_6.jpg
Donnie_4.jpg
Donnie_5.jpg
Donnie_2.jpg

- Modest Mouse lyric {It's A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About / Exit Does Not Exist} paired with Marty McFly's existential crisis {Back To The Future / Michael J. Fox}.

" sunlight

7:20 pm

early September

standing looking at a photograph

that you do not remember

being taken

you look out of breath

and me like I am faking

as a matter of fact

I don't recall this photo being taken

you don't even actually exist so I just started shaking

does not exist, take an exit "

 

IMG_6283.jpg
IMG_6283_2.jpg
IMG_6283_3.jpg
IMG_6283_4.jpg
IMG_6283_5.jpg

I have recently been filling my down time digesting this amazing oversized book by Nicholas Felton, PHOTOVIZ - Visualizing Information Through Photography.

Lots of interesting ways of aggregating visual data into one file. Most of these images are unsettling for some reason or another (cover for example). They all succeed at packing in an extended, or hyper-shortened, period of time into an image. 

My take away quotes from the book - 

"It is now worth asking whether finding the "decisive moment" should remain the goal of photography." 

"There is simply no limit to how much photography we will produce, and without techniques to manage, understand, and consolidate the photographic future, our images will go unseen."

It seems like the 'Big Photo' culture where everyone is documenting loads of daily moments addresses whether any moment is now unique enough to warrant noteworthiness. Culture has moved on from the snapshot, and is now consuming 'stories' to satiate. 

artist credit:

Wake Turbulence - Mike Kelley  /  Visualizations of The Flight Paths of Birds - Dennis Hlynsky  /  Babel Tales - Peter Funch /  Traffic Lights - Lucas Zimmermann  /  Transient Light - Martin Kimbell 

 

Beer is a large part of Bellingham culture, so I have spent some hours invested in waxing with my friends over a pint. Sometimes ideas spawn from feeding on each other's energy or just clowning around. This googley-eyed idea is an example of just such occasion, and has some legs in pursuing a portrait series. I'm making a soft commitment.

BS_02062017_4386.jpg

     

  

  	

  		 

  			 

  				 
               
  					 

  					 
             

  				 

  			 

        
         
           

            

            
               flag with flagpole removed No.1  I'm not a political guy. For me, the flag has a lot of design appeal (and has inspired artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Frank, Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, etc). I wonder what a series of flags will look like when the flagpole is digitally retouched out of the scene, like the example here. This must have been done previously by someone. The idea feels way too familiar to be original. 

I'm not a political guy. For me, the flag has a lot of design appeal (and has inspired artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Frank, Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, etc). I wonder what a series of flags will look like when the flagpole is digitally retouched out of the scene, like the example above. This must have been done previously by someone. The idea feels way too familiar to be original. 

Read More