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Digital typography vs photography (via Flickr) at WRT: Writer Response Theory




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Alpha by mark(s)elliott
Alpha, uploaded by mark(s)elliott

mark(s)elliot’s photoset “Art” contains many photos of paintings… and also a small collection of simple pixelated graphics that have the distinct appearance of being born digital - perhaps in Illustrator or Photoshop, perhaps in Microsoft Paint.

The ‘aesthetic’ is quick and dirty - stark fonts, primary colors, and clip art, sans gradients, sans anti-aliasing, sans anything to take away the edge. This stands in sharp contrast to the lush, million-color, high-resolution photography that surrounds it… but so what?

Barthes claimed in Camera Lucida that photography has a certain hold on us based on an ontological claim - that a photograph represents a real interaction with real light at some real point in the past. Whatever happens in the subsequent madness of development, editing, digitizing, morphing, or what-have-you, a photograph (in as much as it is one) bears this relationship to past light.

For example, one artist’s statement (“If you can’t touch it. Then it must be art.”) only required a single edit, while a comparable message by another artist (“Please do not touch the artwork”) arrives mediated by dozens of layers of successive computer manipulations. Yet it is the second image that retains an anchor in reference to the real. Even with digital cameras uploading files directly to a digital service, this gap between the image-of-past-light and the image-out-of-the-machine seems just as large and just as visceral.

One small crossover has been the One Letter project, assembling photographic characters so that the machines can semaphor with past light (as discussed previously). What would be a gesture in the opposite direction?



7 Responses to “Digital typography vs photography (via Flickr)”

  1. 1 Spanky

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    I’m a fan of the One Letter project. It opens up a lot of possibilities for artists to build on ideas or images that perhaps would not normally be accessible to them. Typography allows for more uniformity if that’s what you’re going for, but from an artistic standpoint, I think One Letter will provoke some interesting creations.

  2. 2 Thomas May Photography

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    It’s an interesting point. That a photograph has to represent a “real” interaction with real light at some real point. However, I feel the point is largely moot. In all photography, even analogue, the picture subject must go through some type of medium before reaching us. In this way, even if the source was real, the photo result is already different. Editing or producing photographs digitally is no different that using shooting analogue photos different settings to capture a certain mood. Still a good article though, thanks.

  3. 3 Longview Photography

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    Interesting thought on this….

    So do some people feel as though digitally manipulating photos is ruining the art? I often wonder… though working in certain formats creates art in itself…

    Thanks

  4. 4 Kristi

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    This is to comment Longview:

    Yes most professional photographers will tell you that editing an image in any other way besides cropping the photograph, is “ruining” it. To them, its no longer a true photo. Its now a piece of art.

    I dont agree. And I will outwardly admit that I have on more than one ocassion edited a photos colors, brightness, etc. And to me its still the same photo it was before, now its just better.

  5. 5 albertjames

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    Barthes claimed in Camera Lucida that photography has a certain hold on us based on an ontological claim - that a photograph represents a real interaction with real light at some real point in the past. Whatever happens in the subsequent madness of development, editing, digitizing, morphing, or what-have-you, a photograph (in as much as it is one) bears this relationship to past light.
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    albertjames
    Social Media Marketing

  6. 6 Geoff Bridge Wedding Photography

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    I feel that photography is art in itself, a captured expression or moment in time can be precious and in the same light altering or manipulating an image can produce beautiful pieces of art!!

    Interesting post, will bookmark this and stay in touch thank you

    Geoff

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