The gallery is one space in the town or city which “can break the circuit, arrest the flow, by encouraging us to contemplate a still, or at least a slow, image.”

The subject of photographs as art, photographs in galleries, photographs as having monetary value, photographs as replicable objects etc. continues to be brought under scrutiny.  It is evidence for me of the sheer speed of photography’s spread and capabilities as a technology.  Continue reading “The gallery is one space in the town or city which “can break the circuit, arrest the flow, by encouraging us to contemplate a still, or at least a slow, image.””

Ubiquity, power relations, and the National Geographic – thoughts from Week 6

Some thoughts from this week so far:  The discussion of National Geographic and its use of photographs was raised in this week’s presentations.  Having existed since 1888, the NG publication often surfaces today in debates about photography, in part due to its circulation being so widespread and its content so reliant on the photographic image. Continue reading “Ubiquity, power relations, and the National Geographic – thoughts from Week 6”

Notes on body and land (1)

The human notion of ‘Mother Earth’ or ‘Mother Nature’ is ancient and through time has become embedded in global culture.  “In Greek mythology, the ancient poets wrote of Gaia, the Earth Goddess, and of thalassa, the sea, the source of all life. Long before the Greeks, the ancient Egyptians revered the Mother Heavens, who symbolizes the whole heavenly sphere.” (Martin in Kemf, 1993, p.xvi) Continue reading “Notes on body and land (1)”

The complication of simplicity: A negotiated reading

Continuing to look at the way meaning is conveyed through advertising, the tagline for this  coconut water product in one poster is “our plant is a plant”, referring to the source of the drink as being a naturally grown plant product.  We are immediately drawn to the bold background colour, similar to that of a clear blue sky, an echo of the representation of sky within the image on the featured product packaging, suggesting a connection between “an object and a world” (Williamson, p37). Continue reading “The complication of simplicity: A negotiated reading”