Framing The World Through My Photographs

#phonar – Week one reflection

I went into Phonar not really knowing what it was all about apart from the fact that it was an open class.

So what is Phonar?

  • Photography and narrative
  • Its about habits – establishing a habit- changing the habits we already have.
  • The idea of rapid fire photography/ thinking through doing – Each week we will be given a task, which is to presented to the class and posted online through #phonar.
  • The classes should propose questions and thoughts which are to be reflected on
  • As the class is an open class hosted online, note should be tweeted so that everyone can benefit from our notes.

The main point I personally took from the first session was that there is a difference between the photograph and the image. Before I have always thought of them as the same thing. So what is the difference?

A photograph is a physical artefact that you can hold, feel the paper it was printed on and write on. A photograph can only give us clues about the image unless we already know the context. Fashion, location landmarks, text written on the back of the photograph.

An image is a digital visualisation created on a digital device. The image has metadata attached to it which tells us a lot about the image for example : ISO, aperture, zoom, shutter speed.

In the digital age we live in today almost everyone has the opportunity to become image makers. Images today are more a communication tool. With devices such as smart phones and apps like snapchat & instagram. It is argued by Stephan Mayes argues that the photo in todays world is more experiential. The likes of snapchat demonstrate this argument well. Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, then Stanford University students. Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients.( The images when sent to the receiver is only available to view for 10 seconds once the view opens them then it will be deleted off of the device.

A question on privacy was raised to my class whist we were giving our email addresses out to Jonathan. Who owns our emails? my university email is owned by the university so that they have access to see the interaction between tutor and student to see if its working etc, but this poses other thoughts on the images we take and share, and how much we reveal to the public. Images taken on smart phones store the GPS signal  within the metadata on the images. How much do people know about what they are sharing when posting images?


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This entry was posted on October 1, 2014 by in #Phonar and tagged .
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