Which own photographer are you? Selfie or POV screen-shottie?

2014/09/04 § 1 Comment

POV screen-shottie

POV screen-shottie

I’m quite keen on screen shots.


And again it is the mobile cell phone that makes all the difference in how new formats move on in to popular culture. It is the technological format that is defining us.

Curating, the consumer as editor of a magazine safely devoted to themselves #pinterest

2012/03/23 § Leave a comment

Blogging boosted the home computer user a decade ago into creating their own content online. The blog post was a diary style entry of the form [link]+[opinion]=[commentary]. Some felt it was parasitic on main stream media for the initial [link] and therefore unimportant. But diddums to that.

With the arrival of facebook and soon thereafter twitter this form was greatly concatenated while the social media technology underlying it (which in facebook’s case captured and placed within a walled garden what had been free roaming across various servers, and yes, livejournal predates ‘blogging’ and was a bit of a walled garden too though mostly by it’s habitues’ mindset).

Both facebook and twitter pushed this interactivity deep into the stream, threads of noticed, drawing into awareness and fading with sunset. Twenty minutes is a long time on twitter. With a blog you only needed to post an entry every 1-2 days.

Recently this same behaviour has been recast as a curatorial effort, links and images shared as if one was curating a show, an exhibition of the noticeboard, boards of inspiraton, clippings of magazines tacked to the pinboard, the wall, scapbooking as a collective effort.

Yes, it’s even more shallow. Apparently the marketeers have already taken over pinterest.com even before I had heard of it (only last week).

That’s the spark for this blog post (it’s a traditional blog post).

The images shared (which used to be hot-linked to on various old-school online forums) in my experience are basically very dull, if well chosen and originally well photoshopped, what they offer is security, safety, well-being in the form of niceness, pleasantness, neatness, homeliness. To be famous now is to be as bland as possible, it is to have no skill except the ability to hide in the crowd of magazine quality photos.

The opportunity to curate interesting challenging themes seems to pass most people by.

Reminds me of the most incredibly boring blog I saw recently. Dull, but it had umpteen comments. All saying nothing, but the people felt safe there and so felt safe to comment there.

It was all about safety, about building a walled garden and keeping the wilderness of the unfamiliar away, even while travelling overseas one must keep oneself nice.

I’ve run quite a few blogs in the past, and never got this sort of comment traction, like most blogs, occasionally I’d annoy people with the sin of self-promotion, (but I was on the dole at the time). This is why I like to talk about my failure on this blog.

Indulging the comfort zone is possibly the surest way to build a following online. Don’t lead people into dangerously interesting times.

No man is an island, but today, the self-curating magazine as the human experience is a digital castle, secure against all interesting attacks and picturesque to the max.

Still-Life, Still Conscious, Still

2010/08/04 § Leave a comment

The nineteenth-century art critic Théophile Thoré objected to the French term for still life, nature morte, proclaiming, “Everything is alive and moves, everything breathes in and exhales, everything is in a constant state of metamorphosis… There is no dead nature!” The Czech photographer Josef Sudek tersely echoed this thought when he said that to the photographer’s eye, “a seemingly dead object comes to life through light or by its surroundings.” via Threepenny: Smith, Still-Life Photographs.

Still-life could be said to be a lazy format, as it’s subject matter is already close to the creative mechanism of it’s capture; a sort of freeze-drying the music of the soul. It has always intrigued me, as I shake my head, ‘So, why bother?’

But now I view it as a staring outwards from the self but without reflection, without a mirror, and without introspection. More as a wide-spectrum apperception. A notice or consciousness without the buzz of self(-reference); a non recursive moment of attention when words fail our intentions, a nod to the end of a story and the return to camp with a basket of fruit, or a brace of game.

The little essay quoted above, the spur for this post, explores another area why. No they are not dead, but very, very still, smelling a little funny perhaps.

trash log 1095

Another area it’s importance lies is in documentation. (The documentary moment, the turn to list and archive.) Trashlog has been going for many years now and it’s always has been one of my favourites, and is a project close to one I’ve had for nearly twenty years, and which, I hope is now finished. It will draw together these three areas that the frame of the still moment explores that the intention of self can use to document a case (Fall oder Einfall).

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