A photo a day – Karen in the garden

Here is a photo of Karen in the garden, err, well one photo in two print forms to be exact.


I am aware that anyone with a passing interest in photography will know that they are many options open to the photographer in terms of how we present a vista but am have yet to have my interest fully satisfied in experimenting. It seems strange to me now, in 2014, that monochrome production values were the signature of factual/documentary imagery as it makes the scene look so alien when compared with the colour photo.

I think part of the problem is that we get used to things. Conventions grow on us incrementally and if – no when – they are challenged many who have invested time and energy into the established convention may see the new values undermining their work. Often economic factors are the drivers – look at how peoples use and consumption of imagery has changed in the last 100 years: magazines like Life and Picture Post are long gone and the internet is fast challenging much printed media. Looking through my photo collection the first truly colour print (as apposed to a coloured in monochrome print) I have in 1959, then 1963 and from 1965 almost all are colour photos save for school class images.

I wonder if 3D images or something else like the Lightfield camera (link) will ever take the place of the current convention? Or will we come up with a dedicated form of representation for the PC monitor? Looking at these two images at 640 pixels wide isn’t great is it?

About Pete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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