Monday, August 30, 2010

Photos always new

 Somewhere, early in Camera Lucida Barthes says a photo is always new. It was somewhere in the first two dozen pages which lays out the tableau, could we say?

He also says a photo is like a haiku, some pages later.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

how much digital scan

Looking at the actual silver gelatin print and the on monitor digital image
it has been said so often before how much digital screen changes the image

more landscape ideas

The above two images (of Narrabri Creek and Namio River) seem to move toward the idea of using fabric netting and lace from two different approaches to two different images. The image with the dark bottom right hand side could be used to dodge. I plan to make a sort of matte box like idea spanning across the enlarger bench for the final silver gelatins. 

The idea of using my grandmother's crochet seems to suggest the role of what Spivak would call the subaltern, that middle layer which ensures a colonial settler state such as the Australian colony.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


In black and white photo printing there is a technique call flashing which exposes the paper to just enough white light to put it on the verge of becoming grey. It was used as a technique to print negatives with a greater contrast range then the paper.  However I have also found a longer flash going into a tone which is just grey can work nicely.

I have been thinking of doing this with lace and net so these appear as ghosts in the image. I also thought of using my grandmothers croset doilies....see below