Not made by human hands?


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Some of these images came to mind. They are ‘photographs’ made from nuclear blasts onto concrete.  Made by humans, is questionable? Indirectly I suppose so. However it was not the primary reason for making the images, they are a byproduct of the radiation blast and discovered after the event. The image you see, is a  photograph of a ‘photograph’ made by radiation.


Think about:

  • The relationship between you and your chosen apparatus.
  • At which point responsibility becomes a consideration in your approach.
  • Whether another photographer can do what you do, and whether you could be more original.
  • How you are not just another “button-pusher”.

The relationship between myself and the apparatus is good. The enjoyment received from holding a camera and making images affords me tremendous joy. Life without the machine would be devastating. Even if it is possible to create without the black box, my work would take on a whole new look. Even though that is not a bad thing, it is not the new, being sought after, at least right now.

Responsibility as an approach is a very general abstract. As far as content goes, in my practice is very responsible, in that the content is not offensive or hurtful to others, or at least not intentionally. Red or line could be offensive to some people, however not one such individual has been met. Can another photographer do what I do. No!  They can copy what is being done but can never be me making the image. Them is them and I is I.

Being a button pusher bothered me for most of my life, however, since beginning the MA,  I have eased up on the word ‘creative’ instead of defining it as a lofty unattainable thing, I have reclassified it into a simple pragmatic term. It has become much more do-able. I tried to fight the impossible and lost! And I am okay with that also. Great being older!  On being a button pusher. Instead of avoiding being a button pusher, I have decided to do the exact opposite for every limitation ever imposed on me, by myself or others.

In your CRJ, write a short summary about:

  • Your experience of the week’s activities and any feedback received.
  • Any reconsiderations to the core methodology of your project.
  • The forms your project / photographs could potentially take moving forward.

This weeks activity was very enjoyable, I went out to HWY 138 to the location where David Hockney made the 1986 collage Pearblossem  Highway. I originally planned to photograph the area with my 4×5 polaroid camera, I did that but was not satisfied with the results and did it again using a very old Leica Digilux camera, the first consumer version they made in 1997/8.

Feedback on the images were positive, as I get deeper into the MA, I am learning to be more open about my practice, and not to be so determined to get a specific outcome work in a specific way, in other words to remain open and see where the river takes me. I am interested to explore HWY138 more. It’s an very interesting corridor than traverses East and West across the California desert. An area that I have enjoyed travelling for a while.

Potentially moving forward, I am considering doing a piece on that highway ‘HWY-138 Start to Finish’ and because I have a great collection of old cameras I am considering doing a series along the highway using all my apparatuses.

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