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

McLuhan and Fiore: “Professionalism is environmental.  Amateurism is anti-environmental.”

McLuhan and Fiore’s book, The Medium is the Massage, is an assortment of layouts, images and ideas around the effects of technology and mass media on the ‘public’ and the individual.  It challenges structures of education and media replication, encourages freedom, and respects pre-technological approaches to visual art and tangible forms of communication, acknowledging ocularcentricity in human society: Continue reading

Reflections on some difficult material

The capabilities of the camera are broad and include the possibility of  human beings making photographic images of other human beings during suffering, and near or after the point of death.  The issue of such difficult material was discussed last week.  I am very sensitive to it, and my sensitivity is heightened at at the present time of illness.  It is never easy to consider such themes. Continue reading

Brief notes on The Blue Room

“… all these years later I was back again, on my knees in a muddy cotton field searching for what had once been, with no real understanding of why I was doing this, no clear reason for doing it, except that in growing older I’d taken to remembering much too much about the past one day, nothing at all the next.” (2008, p163) Continue reading