Here’s the manipulations of one of my paintings. It doesn’t even look like the same art form and yet I was quite happy with the results. I thought it was cool, but it is entirely different and no one would look at the grey and pastel print and quickly identify it as Lisa Lillibridge’s work. In art this alteration (especially when done by the original artist) seems OK to me. However, the bombardment of images my 14 year old daughters are subjected to that have been seriously altered is NOT.
Here’s a great article about photoshopping images in fashion. And I’m happy to let you know that I stumbled upon a remarkable online fashion magazine that doesn’t photoshop their models at all-VERILY magazine. Quote below and a link to the magazine. BRAVO Verily, you’ve been bookmarked. Great content. NOTE: I am not paid for this endorsement.
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Memories of my childhood are filled with the colour and form of the hydrangea hedges that lined both my grandmas gardens. The changing of blue to lavender to palest haze of colour. The pinks and greens fading to yellow. Theses … Continue reading
I have been playing with photography and Cyanotypes for a while now and been eager to do something big. Thanks to Frank at Frontier Digital I was able to create a negative 22″x33″ and at a great price. The neg … Continue reading
The newly painted works. I wanted to reproduce some works that had looser more spontaneous feel to the marks. When I looked back at some of the progress photos in the newly finished works perianthos and perigonium I found some … Continue reading
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You can’t ADD a punctum because it’s included in a photograph unintentionally.
You can’t predict what one persons punctum is unless you know intimate details of how to recreate their memories.
You can try and add some interesting details to your studium but you can’t deliberately add a punctum.
Something that might reach out and ‘pierce’ me (the punctum) might be a pair of shoes in an image which remind me of my late Grandmother’s shoes and somehow creates a whole new image/narrative for me in an image. In the same image, someone else might see the door to a house which looks like somewhere they knew when they were a child….that could be a punctum for them.
Punctum is not what makes a photograph ‘pretty’ it is the element that draws you into the moment the photograph was taken.
The photograph records the moment, that moment then becomes history. The evoking of the punctum in the viewer awakens the moment and brings history to the formost of your mind.
Alternatively (and most usually) a photograph is mere studium, so that we turn the page and can hardly remember what the image was.
“A photograph’s punctum is that accident [of photographic detail] which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me), …for punctum is also: sting, speck, cut, little hole—and also a caste of the dice” (27; slightly rearranged).