Assignment 3 revised (4 of 8)-Edit.jpg, a photo by clk55Pete on Flickr.
So now here is a photo of the same bathroom scene shown in the 4 previous posts but so heavily manipulated as the make the referent almost unrecognisable. We can conclude that all photos are transformations – and the fidelity to the index greater or lessor but never its equivalent.
Maybe that’s why I like photos, for their transformative qualities.
However, the abstractness of this image challenges our ability to categorise it by the conventional photographic genres as we can only really see abstract shapes and colours. So what now for Landscape, Portrait, Document, Still Life or Narrative?
We need to think on…
Perhaps it ends up being categorised under yet another genre – abstract. I guess in any event the same photograph can move freely between genres depending on the context within which is its presented and viewed. Documentary becomes art, landscape becomes abstract and so on. This questions in a way the relevance of genre…
True Keith. You’ve done me the honour of being the first person to comment on this blog so your comments helping me both in terms of content and process. Now I’ve just got to find a way of changing my default font from Roman to Ariel….