week two - interdisciplinary approaches
week one - The global image
Photography with it’s new technology and processes became increasingly popular since this first exposure taken by Nicephore-Niepce in 1822. Commercial studios were set up all over the world. Photography was used for various purposes and it expanded into the military, geographical, topography and propaganda use. Journalists and travellers captured their own images of far flung places reaching masses of people enabling them to see the world from their own homes. Sitting for a portrait was still a fairly time consuming business but compared to that of sitting for a painter for hours on end it was a much quicker result and the photograph produced could be kept or given to a loved one.
Newspapers released war photographs to the public, bringing home the true horror of what was happening many miles from home. The demand to know more fuelled the media as it does today with global events, celebrity culture and a desire to see what is happening for ourselves.
The move from film to digital was not embraced by all but no doubt has had a huge impact on how a photograph is captured and can be instantaneously shared via social media channels. Photography has become even more accessible; almost everyone of every age group can have access to a camera of sorts ensuring it’s global medium continues to grow and develop.
From the moment I am commissioned to the point where I share my images, my work is relating to the global nature of photography. As a professional I am contributing to the number of photographs out there in the world.
There are parallels between the historic spread of photography and the transmission of digital imagery today. Photography remained a fairly expensive interest until the invention of smartphones which are fairly accessible to all. People use them to document their lives daily to share with others. The difference now is popular culture favours the aesthetic rather than the more soulful meaning behind a photograph.
As the speed at which photography moves increases, quality becomes less, with the abundance of people taking pictures. it is too accessible in a sense and images can be captured that portray something happening that can be mis-interpreted across the globe in an instant.
With masses of digital files online, the number of printed photographs dwindle. I am hoping that our appreciation for great photography doesn't.
"The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years!"
-Mike Yost 2015