The Week in Photography 2nd December 2012

Here’s what caught my attention about photography on the Internet in the past week:

Bokeh Photography by Joni Niemelä

Final Cut Pro X and Your Existing Mac Pro Computer | CDTobie’s Photo Blog

See Some of 2012’s Most Jaw-Dropping Images In AFP’s “Photos of the Year” | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

Landscape photography: tips for your smartphone: Connect

Elisabet d’Epenoux New Abstract Photography Series “Distorted Reality” at the Miami Art Basel | Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Tones of the Earth – Black and White Photography by Hakan Strand

Awe-inspiring Parallel Worlds by Karezoid Michal Karcz | Bored Panda

Amazing Photos Of Animals In The Wild, Snapped By Hidden Automatic Cameras | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Inside Amazon.. – Imgur


The Week in Photography 25th November 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about Photography:

Musician launching a 14-megapixel iPhone camera attachment next week

“We May Be Seeing the Beginning of the Collapse of the Compact Camera Market”

10 Great Media Players to Add Video to Your WordPress Site Effectively

How to Setup Your Brand New Pinterest Business Page

When Photography Crosses Into Art

Photography is sometimes art and art sometimes uses photography. But what is the determining factor?

The answer is that photography is art when it mirrors contemporary art concerns. So just what do I mean by that? Well tough as it might sound, contemporary art moved beyond just being beautiful or representational back with surrealism, futurism, and all the other ‘isms’ of the modern age. Now of course we are past modern art and into post-modern and post-post-modern. But a common thread in all the modern+ art movements has been to move beyond beauty and representation. What matters is meaning, having something to say, going beyond appearance to some deeper levels.

An image from my Time and Space series

Now that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with beauty and representation. In fact contemporary art practice would certainly be all the better for some interest in beauty (IMHO). But it does mean that a work that is mostly concerned with beauty and representation is not contemporary in an art sense.

Another characteristic of contemporary art practice is a lack of interest in process. It doesn’t matter how you do something, all that matters is the final result and the meaning conveyed by it. This is another problem for a lot of photography to get past – much photography has an overwhelming concern with process. This is perhaps exemplified most by the alternate process people – those using gum bichromate or gumoil or some other long surpassed process. These processes appeal because of the beauty of the resulting prints and perhaps a sense of nostalgia for the believed simplicities of the past.

And I have to say that the absurdity of much of this alternate process work should be obvious to all. Not only can the look of most of them be reproduced quite well using the latest inkjets but so much emphasis is put on wonderful papers that are then matted and hidden behind glass for exhibition so it can never be really appreciated. It is what I would call process masturbation at its worse.

Does that mean that I would argue that you should not make beautiful images? No, of course not. Just don’t think you are making contemporary art necessarily. I make two completely different types of images – my contemporary art work which does not have a primary aim of beauty (though I do aim to make it so) and my landscape photography work, which is primarily produced to be beautiful but that I don’t fool myself is art.

This is what it all comes down to – what pleases you and what your priorities are. But don’t fool yourself that it is more than it is.

The Week in Photography 18th November 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

Get Closer – The Morning News

Shooting The Flood: Behind The MTA’s Photos Of A Sandy-Ravaged Subway | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

Drift Innovation releases the souped-up Drift HD Ghost actioncam

FocusMaker brings follow focus to any DSLR lens

Fotor lets you get creative with your photos


The Week In Photography 4th November 2012

Here’s what has caught my eye on the Internet about photography over the last two weeks (distractions stopped me doing this last week):

The Year’s 20 Best Microscopic Photographs | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

How to Set Up Your LinkedIn Profile: A Freelancer’s Guide

Liquid Art High Speed Macro Photography

Learn the Science Behind Photography, Courtesy of Stanford

Street Photography Magazine, “Radiate” Issue 3 Available!

Turn Your Images into Beautiful ASCII Art with Sweetie

Tides and Stone – Coastal Photography by Spencer Brown

WordPress Gallery Plugins or WordPress Gallery Themes?


The Week in Photography 21st October 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Intrnet about photography this week:

World-Warping Photography Bends, Twists & Tears Reality

WordPress Gallery Plugins or WordPress Gallery Themes?

Zeitgeist: On Ditching the Monograph and Digital Print Culture

Get your iPhone photography moving with this simple technique

Amazingly Detailed Underwater Photography

The Week In Photography 14th October 2012

Here’s what has caught my attention over the past two weeks (last weekend was crazy 🙂 about photography and related areas of digital art, etc:

Is this shopped? Truth, lies, and art before and after Photoshop | The Verge

The Milky Way above a ghostly sea of cloud: The amazing shots taken by an amateur photographer who trekked to the top of a mountain to get them!traps/id/93fd3b2c-5a32-43fd-b76e-3fdadfb217b0/articles/6BJEclamv002q6RDqyRj

LaCie Launches Thunderbolt SATA III SSD ‘Little Big Disk’ with Up to 635MB/s Read

Pogo Connect: The best pressure-sensitive Bluetooth 4 stylus yet

Kirsty Wiseman: DIY Beauty Dish – for £1

Third-Party Thunderbolt Docking Stations Remain Vaporware as Shipping Dates Pushed Back

High-Speed Photography Turns Water Droplets Into Liquid Sculptures | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

The Rule Of Thirds vs The Golden Ratio And Why Should You Care

The Week in Photography 30th September 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet about photography in the past week:

Dueling Photogs Share The Same Roll Of Film | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

The Portfolio of Bokeh eBook: A Monograph on Shallow Depths

Photographing the Milky Way In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog

tackling drive by photography | creating beautiful images from your car

iStopMotion 3 for Mac Review

Steve Giralt | What Every Photographer Needs To Know About Backing up Digital Files

The Week in Photography 23rd September 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet this past week:

40 Tutorials to Master the New Features of Photoshop CS6

iPhone 5 and iOS 6: Polished Panoramas, Pixel Oversampling, and a Sony Sensor

RISD exhibition redefines landscapes – The Brown Daily Herald – Serving the community daily since 1891

Like Pinterest For Pros, A New Platform To Share Creative Inspiration | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce

Canon EOS 6D: Wi-Fi, GPS and Full-Frame — Oh My!

iPhoneography, the worlds #1 iPhone photography blog, bringing you the latest news, reviews and events – iPhone Journal – What’s in My Camera Bag, with iPhoneographer Paul Moore