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

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

A photographer’s gaze

The term gaze is frequently used in photography theory, applied by those seeking to explore the spectatorial nature of the image and the image-making process.  Laura Mulvey’s theory of the male gaze in cinema is often referred to in photographic literature.  Mulvey suggests that women are “bound” by and within the deeply embedded male-ness of culture; Continue reading

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