Friday, 11 May 2012

Presentation format

When considering the how people's photographs are shown through websites such as flickr and Facebook, are they really being enjoyed or appreciated in the best means?

Once a film is finished in an analogue camera it is developed and usually all of the photographs printed. Leaving us with a nice but small physical collection of images (24/36). Whereas with digital photography we will often take in excess of 50 photos of a single night out and the next day upload them online, where they can only be appreciated as a collection as thumbnails on screen or larger as individual shots. The issue being that the photos are always limited by the size of the screen in which they are displayed. Of course digital photos can still be printed but are they still digital when printed? The same can be said for film photographs, are they still analogue when scanned in on screen?

What I'm am really questioning is is not so much the photograph, as of course a film photo would have been captured on an analogue camera, but it is that final presentation of it that questions its honesty. Is a digitally displayed film scan paying justice to the format it which it was originally shot?

There is always a sense of nostalgia to printed photographs, due to the tactility of the print and the physical interaction with it as an object we have a deeper more personal engagement to the image than we would as pixels on screen.

I feel there is a certain honesty to the process of analogue photography when the developed negatives are exposed, and it is simply through the use of light that the image was captured and printed. If scanned and printed digitally it seems dishonest to how the photograph was recorded. Likewise with digitally shot photographs I like to have the occasional shot printed but more often than not I just refer to the entire collection on screen. When these images are printed they somehow feel less truthful to how they were originally captured, going from RGB pixels to ink on paper, and that the format doesn't justifiably reflect the method of photography used.

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