A representational mode of thinking photography is: there is something out there and it will be represented by means of optical technology ideally via indexical link. But the technology for the phone camera is quite different. As the lenses are tiny and basically crap, about half of the data captured by the sensor are noise. The trick is to create the algorithm to clean the picture from the noise, or rather to define the picture from within noise. But how does the camera know this? Very simple. It scans all other pictures stored on the phone or on your social media networks and sifts through your contacts. It looks through the pictures you already made, or those that are networked to you and tries to match faces and shapes. In short: it creates the picture based on earlier pictures, on your/its memory. It does not only know what you saw but also what you might like to see based on your previous choices. In other words, it speculates on your preferences and offers an interpretation of data based on affinities to other data. The link to the thing in front of the lens is still there, but there are also links to past pictures that help create the picture. You don’t really photograph the present, as the past is woven into it.
An example of a curvilinear object translated into a planar form.
Conceptually a plane has length and width but not depth. In design, planes are formed by walls, ceilings or floors. Planar elements can act in a similar way to lines: Horizontal plane suggests rest and vertical planes suggest stability. Curved planes suggests motion and diagonal planes suggests movement and/or dynamic forces. For this technical exercise we will be working with horizontal, vertical, and diagonal planes.
A plaster detail of Auguste Rodin’s La Muse (1905-1908) at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris
La Pensee (the thought), carved stone, Auguste Rodin, 1895
A portrait of his mistress, Camille Claudel
Examples of themes: example.pdf
More theme examples:
Things from the North side of my house.
Retrieved from cluttered spaces.
Found at grandmother’s house.
To Be Recycled
Road Trip to Alabama
Plaster tools and supplies:
– extra small bottle of WD-40
– 2 and 1/2 quart mixing bucket
– 2 Thin plastic (7-8 mm) drop cloths (hardware store)
– Fine 400-600 grit Wet/Dry sandpaper pack (hardware store)
– Clay tools (fabricated, found, or purchased), small sponge, pin tool, ribs
– N95 particulate respirator mask (hardware store)
– Sur Forms: size aprox. 2” by 1 ½” and 6” by 1 ½” (found in the tool section of the hardware store near saws/clamps/files)