Moving on

What an unexpected collision of two bits of me this morning, 11 July 2018, our first morning in England for six weeks, to find two complete journals just arrived, one 24 pages, one 32 pages, and not a single word in either not written by me… and yet they couldn’t have come from more disparate corners of the universe. Will I ever find my pigeon-hole? 

Well now it is time to get that focus onto Walter Segal.

Did I really take this photograph of him 44 years ago?  I guess so.

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Exhibition half-way through its month of weekends

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No reality was hurt in the making of this photograph. No CGI, no Photoshop.

Unlike the warnings which annotate everyday life (“may contain nuts”, “do not attempt at home”…) this is a promise: No reality was hurt in the making of the photographs in this exhibition. No CGI (computer-generated imagery), no Photoshop.

In the 20th Century, Susan Sontag reminded us that we understood a photograph to be of something that did or does exist, no matter what lenses, filters, or films were deployed to transformed it. Whereas a painting had no necessary connection to the real. As Roland Barthes succinctly put it: “A photograph is always invisible; it is not it that we see.”

In the 21st Century we have all learned to perceive differently. While we still look through the photograph in front of us, we no longer believe it must portray a solid reality. Today, it is not the KGB expert’s unusual skill which eliminates a discredited enemy from the politburo photograph. We can each remove the whole crowd on the beach around our beloved, with the simple touch of a Photoshop finger.

Forty-five years ago, Sontag wrote “A faked painting (with false attribution) falsifies the history of art. A faked photograph (retouched or tampered with) falsifies reality.”

We see a quite different world now. Yet the photograph remains ‘invisible,’ is looked through, not at.

My current work explores this central paradox of photography: and the difficulty of seeing what is in front of the eyes. There is too much reality out there. As we move through the world, we tend to edit out much of what is actually in front of us. I am not interested in post-click, electronic manipulation: here is what I see.

Does the distinction between the real and unreal, the true and fake, matter at all?   Are they not just flat images of more or less visual interest?

Ah yes, but what the caption “this is a real photograph” is saying is: “Look! This is what you too see, if you open your eyes.”

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Exhibition 2018: a little gallery of selfies?

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Exhibition 2018: a little gallery through a glass, darkly

Are not all photographs self portraits, in fact? Seeing both, sees much more…

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Ceci est une vraie photo

My little exhibition of photographs opens in Cividale on 9th June (at weekends for a month) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike the warnings which annotate everyday life (“may contain nuts”, “do not attempt at home”…) this is a promise: No reality was hurt in the making of this photograph. No CGI (computer-generated imagery), no Photoshop.     

(No lung damage will result from smoking: Ceci n’est pas une pipe.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I can find a moment I will put up gallery or two of these new images during June

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Is not every photograph a self portrait?

My little exhibition of photographs opens in Cividale on 9th June (at weekends for a month) 

Unlike the warnings which annotate everyday life (“may contain nuts”, “do not attempt at home”…) this is a promise: No reality was hurt in the making of this photograph. No CGI (computer-generated imagery), no Photoshop.     

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Both/and is the real world we neglect for either/or

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The Impossibility of Truly Seeing….

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But what IS in front of the eyes?

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