Category: Response

Tuesday 3rd July – 60×60

The next DCC meeting will be on Tuesday July 3rd at 7pm at the Outhouse on Broughton Street Lane.

Last month six photographers participated in the 10×10 challenge and took 10 shots in 10 minutes. This month we will be bringing 10 prints to pass around and discuss for a minute per image. Hence the title of the monthly meet-up: 60×60. Hopefully if all has gone to plan we will have 60 prints to look at.

If you missed the last meeting it is not to late to take your own 10×10 challenge and bring the results along to share. Pick a place, set a timer and create.

Last month’s reading touched upon how photographers capture and collect the moments around them, but also how the reality depicted in the print and the reality of life differ greatly. Did those 10 minutes preserve something real? Was art or artefact created?

Everyone is welcome to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!

As we experiment with new formats for the monthly meetings we would appreciate any ideas or feedback for improving – leave a comment here, tweet, facebook message or comment on instagram!

Advance warning – in August we intend to have one or two festival exhibition meet-ups. Do send your suggestions in for shows or exhibitions to check out!

June’s reading –

The minute you start saying something, ‘Ah, how beautiful! We must photograph it!’ you are already close to the view of the person who thinks that everything that is not photographed is lost, as if it had never existed, and that therefore, in order really to live, you must photograph as much as you can, and to photograph as much as you can you must either live in the most photographable way possible, or else consider photographable every moment of your life. The first course leads to stupidity; the second to madness.”

THE ADVENTURE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER
by Italo Calvino
1952

The Wild

For April’s DCC on the theme of ‘The Wild’, we started by looking at photographers who brought images of wild places to new audiences, including the Abraham Brothers with their rock climbing guides and photographs of hitherto quite unknown corners of the Lake District, Snowdonia, and the Cuillin of Skye. Ansel Adams made famous the wilderness of Yosemite in the 1930s, but long before him Carleton Watkins made Yosemite iconic in the 1860s and had a profound influence on the politicians of the day, paving the way for the US National Parks system. This political aspect to their work may counter criticisms such as those of Henri Cartier-Breson that this photography of wild places was of no social significance. Political concerns about wildness have also been at the forefront of work by photographers such as Fay Godwin, with images portraying the impact of land management practices and restrictive access.

 

Some photographers have sought to portray the human side of wild places, including Paul Strand‘s work in the Outer Hebrides in the 1950s. This is echoed in the work of contemporary photographers such as Colin MacPherson, who photographs places in the west Highlands and islands of Scotland that are traditionally considered wild and remote – but from where? Sophie Gerrard‘s work was another example of a photographer seeking to avoid the romantic view of our rural landscape and discover something more authentic in her images of female farmers across Scotland.

 

Finally, some photographers were discussed who have explored the wildness closer to home, such as Jonathan Stenvall‘s images of semi-urban nature near Stockholm, and Chris Payne‘s images of wildness reclaiming what was once human-dominated on North Brother Island, New York. We finished with Eric Sanderson‘s images depicting Manhattan in 1609 at the point of European discovery, and his suggestion that we should “dedicate ourselves to granting back to nature warmth and possibility in the cities where we live”.

 

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The evening may have somewhat broken with DCC tradition in terms of the number of landscape images, but the theme must have resonated given the impressive proportion of people who had brought some work to show! We saw images on a range of takes on the theme, including the wild Highland landscape, elemental coastal scenes and wildlife, woodlands, and the wildness that can be found in our urban fringes and ‘edgelands’.

Faked Fake

Unfortunately due to last minute problems our speaker had to drop out – but we muddled through and faked a discussion on FAKE. Thanks to James for stepping in to lead the discussion and Evan for providing excellent last minute technical support.

We started by considering what Fake meant to us in connection with photography. The definition Google provides is mainly negative –

feɪk/
adjective: fake

1.
not genuine; imitation or counterfeit. “she got on the plane with a fake passport”
synonyms: forgery, counterfeit, copy, sham, fraud, hoax, imitation, mock-up, dummy, reproduction, lookalike, likeness;
phoney, pirate, knock-off, rip-off, dupe “one of the sculptures was found to be a fake”
counterfeit, forged, fraudulent, sham, imitation, false, bogus, spurious, pseudo;
worthless, invalid;
phoney, dud “he gave his wife fake banknotes”
imitation, artificial, synthetic, simulated, reproduction, replica, ersatz, plastic, man-made, dummy, false, mock, sham, bogus, so-called;
pretend, phoney, pseudo “they adorn themselves with fake diamonds”
antonyms: genuine (of a person) claiming to be something that one is not. “a fake doctor”
synonyms: charlatan, quack, mountebank, sham, fraud, humbug, impostor, pretender, masquerader, hoodwinker, hoaxer, cheat, cheater,
deceiver, dissembler, trickster, confidence trickster, fraudster; conman, con artist; confidence man”that doctor is a fake”

noun: fake; plural noun: fakes

1.
a thing that is not genuine; a forgery or sham. “fakes of Old Masters”
synonyms: forgery, counterfeit, copy, sham, fraud, hoax, imitation, mock-up, dummy, reproduction, lookalike, likeness; More
phoney, pirate, knock-off, rip-off, dupe “one of the sculptures was found to be a fake”
a person who falsely claims to be something. “I felt sure that some of the nuns were fakes”

verb: fake; 3rd person present: fakes; past tense: faked; past participle: faked; gerund or present participle: faking

1.
forge or counterfeit (something). “she faked her spouse’s signature”
synonyms: forge, counterfeit, falsify, sham, feign, mock up, copy, reproduce, replicate;

Are all photographs fake? The translation of the three dimensional, moving world into that of the flat, still image distorted by lens aberrations, quantised by sensors, and re-coloured by film characteristics or post processing may seem realistic to us but our brains have been trained to make sense of the 2D picture. Research in the 1960s showed that the ability to recognise distances between objects in a 2D image (depth) has to be learned.

Counterfeit art abounds for famous artists, is so much produced for photography? Copyright infringement is everywhere but faked prints seem less common due to the lower prices of what is already a reproduced item. Is creating a homage of an iconic photo fakery? Even the desktop image of the borrowed laptop shows an instantly recognisable view of Yosemite, abet not the one that Ansel Adams took. Some instances of photographic fraud do exist, one example given was the ‘only photo of the three Bronte sisters’ – valuable not for the object but for what it depicts.

A real (unmanipulated) photo used out of context can be considered fake. Stock imagery attached to news stories often leads to the model becoming a murderer/sex fiend/laughing salad eater in the eyes of the public. Real Syrian orphan images are unfortunate in the ease they may be found but a nicely staged artistic shot is the one that goes viral. A real photo from Manchester’s city centre at New Year spawned a host of artistic fakes. Staged photos often cause controversy – should wildlife photographer of the year be renamed tamelife? And un-staged photos of wildlife even more so.

Looking through the article “10 of the Most Famous Photo Hoaxes Through History” for Flavorwire by Emily Temple a common theme emerges. The success of the faked photo lies in the viewers wanting to see and believe the image, from fairies at the bottom of the garden to UFOs.

Thanks to everyone who brought in work (some of it framed!) and hopefully the original talk can be rescheduled for later in the year as the variety within this topic seems to bear more discussion.

Fake – Homage to Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter’s use of colour photography brought a painterly subtlety to the traditionally black and white photographic world. Some images stay with you and influence how you frame your own work.

This image from Cap Martin, Côte d’Azur, France, was not intended to fake one of Leiter’s works – a sense of déjà vu in a place I had never been to before crept in and lined up the image.

Leiter Worker

Leiter Worker, 2015. (ENR)

And here is it compared to Leiter’s Mondrian Worker, 1954, as pictured in Early Color.

Leiter Worker / Mondrian Worker

Leiter Worker, 2015. (ENR) and Mondrian Worker, 1954. (Saul Leiter)

Genius Loci – Photos

Thanks to everyone who made it along and for bringing in a fantastic selection of work – here are a couple of snaps of the wall. Apologies for the phone quality and for missing one end of the board entirely (But I am sure Dungeness is a place we all now want to visit).

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If you would like to put your own work up on this site please email it in, or ask for a login to post it yourself. You can also add work to the flickr group.

Construction

Better late than never….

Alas, I wasn’t able to attend the February meeting of the DCC; but I thought that I’d share my work. As ever, comments and critique welcomed.

For a long time now, my own photography has been inspired by the Continental interwar artists and photographers associated with modernism, the Bauhaus school and the Dada movement, so when I heard that Nick would be presenting the theme of Construction/Deconstruction – I immediately thought of the Constructivists and the Suprematists (who weren’t as racist as they sound) from the Russian avant guarde…yet again I manage to make images without having to leave my kitchen.

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Personal – Pinhole at the DCC

The Personal for some lies not just in making imagery for themselves but in making the cameras too.

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The March meeting of the DCC – Personal. Pinhole image. By D.Tainsh. Used with permission.

Using a film, an empty film spool and a custom designed “matchbox”, Donald produces poetic pinhole images.

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The March meeting of the DCC – Personal. Pinhole image 2. By D.Tainsh. Used with permission.

These two images of the audience at Stills were taken while Donald introduced his work on the Personal theme. For more of Donald’s recent pinhole images please see flickr.

Construction/Deconstruction

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These pictures were taken at Quartermile. I find buildings often most attractive whilst they are still in the state of construction. As for deconstruction, I got quite excited that there were so many forms and guises this Meccano-like structure could become through the lens.

Others can be viewed on my blog.

 

 

 

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