“Regarding the ‘flood’ or constant ‘bombardment ‘ of images permeating ever deeper into our lives, rephotograph every photographic image that you encounter on a single day. The quality of the image does not matter – use a camera phone or a compact camera. You should include videos as well as still photographs; just shoot one frame to document a sequence.
- Construct a grid or compile a contact sheet of all your images.
- Write a short reflective piece in your learning log about this exercise.
What have I learned?
- How to create a contact sheet in PS CS6. I had used it in CS4 but had forgotten.
- That even in my home I have photos around me all the time.
- That I did not have the patience to photograph every photograph I saw because some publications, like publicity brochures and the OCA Student booklet & its ‘Live Learn Create’ publications have multiple images on their covers and then at least 3 images per page inside.
- That I spend a lot of time , perhaps too much time, on Facebook which exists for image circulation.
- That by the end of the day, when I was looking through the images I had taken, I did not remember having seen and photographed some of the images.
- That I did not consider the images I had taken and then viewed on my screen as part of the day’s collection of images. For example, I am recording the building work on the house opposite ours:
7. That I no longer ‘see’ the photographs displayed on buildings because they never change.
8. I have also learned that when I go for a walk, I go to reach a destination rather than be aware of the journey: I took photos of photos at my destination: the supermarket / the beach rather than taking photos of posters on the walls / on sandwich boards / on awnings.
I recorded videos but this website does not support them – unless I upgrade.
Has it alarmed me?
- Yes – I am alarmed at the number of images which are crammed on publicity leaflets – I could not possibly rephotograph each one them because I would be doing nothing else all day.
- Yes – I am alarmed at the number of images I consume on Facebook.
- Yes – I am alarmed at how insignificant the process is if, by the end of the day, I cannot remember some of the images – even after I have rephotographed them.
Has it confirmed any preconceptions?
- That so much of my time is taken up consuming images.
- That many of the images I consume are forgettable / forgotten.
- That I am confronted by hundreds of images most of which I choose to look at.
- That I no longer see the images that have been on the walls of buildings, both inside and out.
What do most of the images encountered show?
- That images are such an ingrained part of my life that I am not aware of them as photos.
- That what I see is a skewed version of what is going on in the world through images of people and animals on FB – there would be very little to challenge my view of the world if I did not follow artists, bodies ( like the Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World) and writers who see the world differently = relationships & relative values rather than individual images.
- That there is a limited variety of the type of image: invariably, animals faces are presented in favour of the whole animal; news are transmitted via images of the faces of people; social media too focus on facial expressions. Even the supermarket images use people to promote their produce.
Does it tell you anything of the environment you live in?
- My physical environment is a safe one – there are no arresting / offensive public images of violence.
- I spend most of my time at home on my computer because the space is comfortable, warm and I can explore the world from a place of safety. Here I can see what different artists & photographers are doing / thinking / exposing.
- That my world is mostly fed by artistic expressions.
- When I go for a walk, I don’t see the photographs of ice creams / cafes / clothes on sale possibly because they are banal / part of the scenery. Instead, I make my own photos because I invariably go to the beach which is never the same two days running.
5. That nature coupled with human nature can create an unexpected, humorous image:
All the photos were taken with my phone camera except , of course, for the screen shots.