Continuing to read The Painter and The Photograph. It is interesting to see how many prominent artists of the day used the mechanical image to paint from. This action was far more prevalent than I ever imagined. So as I delve deeper into the course, I become more and more at ease with appropriation. Looking at it from the point of being a catalyst that sparks the creative process, I have become more at ease with it. Over this module, I have appropriated and the more I did it, I came to realise that it is a very small part of the creative process, and by the end of the work, it is so far removed from my work it’s barely worth mentioning.
I do love painting, but one of those plastic arts that takes a lot of time, and has to be a vocation of sorts, as is photography and film-making for me. It is in my life daily in one form or another. However, I am interested in making my images painterly, maybe this is my attraction to painting, I am figuring a way to include or incorporate it into my images.
Watched a very interesting video by a photographer’s work I really like. Aaron Siskind. He did a lot of figurative abstract photography, “Find in nature what can be made into a picture.” That is, he used images from the real world and photographed them in such a way that they looked almost other worldly. For a brief time he was also enamoured by painters and incorporated that into his work. Particularly the work of Franz Kline. ‘Broad strokes and overpainting.’ After a while he gave it up and pursued his own work. He also made more aware of ‘looking’ around carefully, also, that the making of an image did not end with taking an image. One point that stood out about Klines work, was that he never experimented with figurative elements and he painted predominantly in black and white.
The Painter and The Photograph. Van Deren, Coke. The University of New Mexico Press.
Franz Kline Painting: https://auction.catawiki.com/
Arron Siskind Photo Peru: https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2818T/lots/1115
Video of Aaron Siskind: https://www.judithwechsler.com/films/aaron-siskind-making-pictures