Archive for the ‘Photographic’ Category

a hardware solution for photographers

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Infinite perfect copyability has always made it a challenge for photographers to make it in the fine art world, because the fine art world is about selling unique items, and a print (analog or digital it doesn’t matter–or at least it didn’t used to matter, this idea may give digital an advantage) is by its very nature one of potentially many.

I’ve seen various photographers adopt various strategies–the most common I see is signing and numbering a limited edition of prints. This is not a bad solution, but, it effectively limits the possible high end. A photographer makes an edition of x number at $x.xx per print and solves for a reasonable value after already recognizing that the value is being artificially reduced by a market that views “copies” as lessening a value. So a search for a sweetspot of pricing happens. The more I make the less each is worth, but, the beginning value is too low because even the theoretical possibility of more is enough to make the item less “rare”.

But what if an SD card were manufactured that were write-only, tamper-proof (well, that would show visible evidence of tampering if it were to occur), and would erase itself after one unlocking.

Now a photographer could offer for sale the SD card and its original contents. The images could be previewed on a digital frame or other device, but to make a copy of any image or all images would require activation of the key that would erase the contents after copying. The buyer would own his copy of the data, along with the ability to make more copies or prints as desired. It breaks the unique-object chain after the first buyer, so it doesn’t totally solve the problem, but it does give a buyer/collector something of far more value than a print of an image the photographer retains.

Photo Exhibit and Relationship Map

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Take a photo of every single person you know. Hang them in a gallery. Run colored string between the pictures. Color code the strong to indicate the nature of the relationship.

What Would You Take From A Burning House

Friday, August 1st, 2008

A series of photos and essays based around the notion of what would you take from your burning house if you had one trip in, by yourself (so limited to what you could carry), and all the animals and family members were already safe. I picture portraits of the people with the goods they’d carry, accompanied by interviews that attempt to explore why the items they went back for have so much significance for them.

Photo Exhibit

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

A series of photographs that are portraits of people holding placards which they’ve hand-lettered with the worst criticism or insult ever leveled against them.

Paint job

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Now that flexible LCD screens are available, I would love to cover my car with LCD material.  A camera somewhere on board would film the passing scenery and then display an interpretation moving across the surface of the car as it moved along.

It could even display the background when parked, like super camoflage.   mmmmm……., maybe not, other drivers would just crash into it!

Excercises in Creativity #5

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Some Creative prompts from which to work in any creative endeavor that interests you:

-Is free really free?
-do the opposite of what you want to do
-make something that would appeal to a conservative older woman
-examine your thoughts about formally presenting artwork
-the letter “Q”
-6 variations of a human hand
-’I-centrism’ present in Western Culture

Medicine Cabinet Contents

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Does everyone share both the irrational fear that others will look in their medicine cabinets when visiting, and, the burning urge to peek inside the medicine cabinets of others when visiting them? How about a blog where users post cell phone camera photos of medicine cabinets anonymously. Visitors could both view others surreptitiously, and, perhaps, happen upon their own and wonder who snapped it.


Monday, June 9th, 2008

A T-shirt that says: Searching for Signal

Photo project / exhibit

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Find a person who is both photogenic and enthusiastic with their facial expressions. Set up a camera on top or behind a television to capture their range of faces throughout an extended period of time playing a video game, or, set up a camera to take pictures while they’re rehearsing dialog for a play, or any activity that will run them through the widest possible range of facial expressions. Put together an exhibit of the photos, such that every shot is of the same person making a different face and which includes as many different faces as will fit in the space. One face, a hundred faces.

a day of poetry in a box

Friday, May 30th, 2008

this idea is based on a few things: Susan G. Wooldridge’s book “Foolsgold, Making Something into Nothing and freeing your creative progress” (Harmony Books, 2007) and also the collage boxes of Joseph Cornell

take a small box or bag out with you on walkabout. collect stuff that resonates and make a collage box of your own. photograph it. do it daily for a week. go to different parts of town or country.

post the results on a blog and tell us all about it :)