Framing The World Through My Photographs

Rubenstien & Sluis – A life more photographic


Bellow are my thoughts as I read the article:

  • It has been 29 Years  ( 22 yrs when the article was written) since the first consumer digital camera. I wasn’t aware that digital had been around for so long, I don’t remember my family have in a digital camera, I don’t remember when we got one. I went on a month long  holiday in 2004 and the majority of photos were taken on a film camera.
  • Rubinstien & Sluis said that, “the western culture is now characterised by ubiquitous (found everywhere). The camera is disappearing inside the mobile phone, which is now allowing the most banal moments of the day to be captured” (Rubinstien. Sluis: 2008) – With the ease of accessing a camera nowadays the most everyday moments are becoming a major feature in  our lives as Rubienstein and Sluis have stated, the connected digital device allows us to access apps for sharing images to our network, for example photographing carefully crafted cups of braista coffee, is a very ‘done thing’.Do we really need to see endless cups of coffee?
  • Our communication is shifting from verbal to visual communication.
  •  In the digital  age has made cameras, computers and access to the internet incredibly easy.” Consumers are being provided with new opportunities for the capture and transmission of images, particularly online where  snapshot photography is being transformed from an individual to a communal activity” (Rubinstein Sluis 2008) –  Social media plays a big part in the sharing of images, we upload our images to these platforms, where once uploaded anyone can see them.
  • Distribution of snapshots online highlights characteristics of the snapshot photograph, it is everywhere yet hidden.
  • Rubinstein and Sluis say that “since the 20th century the snapshot [is a ready made image] a place holder for memories, trophy of sightseeing, produced in their millions by ordinary people to document rituals of everyday life….[they are] the most mass produced product [despite this] the snapshot remains private.” ( Rubinstein Sluis 2008) – I question whether the snapshot is remaining private?
  • Rubinstein and Sluis question whether photography is dead. They say that many scholars express concern over the truth of a digital image. The concern seemed to be the easy in which images can be changed. The 1990s saw the shift in technology digital cameras and the beginning of digital photo manipulation, the first version on photoshop was released by Adobe.
  • Being able to delete unwanted images off of the back of the camera has changed the way we think about the images we take. We strive for the best image.

The digital age is effecting the way we think about our images the way we store them, where they reside. Our images are shifting for being stored in a physical photo album to an online album that can be seen by anyone.


A Life More Photographic – Mapping the networked images, Published online 2008,Daniel Rubinstein & Katrina Sluis (2008) A LIFE MORE PHOTOGRAPHIC, Photographies, 1:1, 9-28, DOI: 10.1080/17540760701785842


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This entry was posted on November 5, 2014 by in 350MC - photography in context.
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