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Inspired By David Pye Part 2on: March 2, 2022 at 10:57 pm
This article continues a most eloquent and sensitive elaboration of the process, necessity, and experience of separation from previous influences, at least for those who continue to advance in their artistic journey toward a unique personal style.
I continue to struggle to conceptualize and even find words for my own experience of leaving the res, taking the road less traveled, and breaking with photographic tradition.
Your article continues to expand on the breadth of that experience and its complexity.
I had some difficulty knowing where you were headed from Part 1, but this essay was much clearer. The examples greatly helped illustrate the points you were presenting and make the points more personal.
I look forward to your further articles!
TerryRe: Ink Jet Paper Surfaces and How Paper is Made – PXL Print SeriesReply #1 on: January 5, 2022 at 7:58 pm
Marvelous video and comment by Mark that left me wanting to know more.
I thought I knew something but now I feel like a newbie again!!
Well done all!
TerryRe: Shooting StreetReply #2 on: December 2, 2021 at 10:20 am
I took no offense. It was nice to hear someone make a distinction between being an artist and the whole amateur-professional dialogue.Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #3 on: May 26, 2021 at 10:00 pm
“not too pout too fine a point on the non-linearity of human experience”
Human experience is indeed individual and non-linear. The only linearity is over time in a macro-analysis of broader trends of population expression and over the life of an individual where a certain pattern of movement can be ascertained. Otherwise I would argue that the concept of linearity has no basis in the experience of art except in retrospect.
However it is an excellent point you make. I should be more cognizant of the breadth and diversity of photographers.
Regardless, it is the quality of the photographer and not the equipment that makes one a master, even though the equipment is progressing exponentially.
I have heard it said that what matters is what the photographer does with the image from their camera. That adage (whose reference I can’t remember) has guided me the last 10 years. It is those who have become a master of their work or who are striving to become a master that I recognize and follow.
I am biased toward those striving to better their work.Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #4 on: May 26, 2021 at 9:39 pm
I could not agree more for the majority of us on this forum.
There are beginners and those focused on smartphone photography who do not appreciate the nuances of more advanced amateurs as well as professionals.
Those nuances take many years of experience and work to achieve.Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #5 on: May 26, 2021 at 9:21 pm
Everything on a computer is a ‘table‘ of numbers (1’s and zeros) if you drill down far enough. Raw or JPEG or this web page. Perhaps even a iPod “jpeg”
I could not agree more. However if one does not understand this aspect of digital photography, then their opinion needs to be critically considered.Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #6 on: May 24, 2021 at 8:06 pm
Most artists, who accept their personal path, are often perceived by others as dogmatic, opinionated, crude, or ignorant.
Yet the expression of one’s opinion in print should be perceived as one perceives an artist’s work. Some may find accord, but the most objective of us find those expressions (in writing or art) as relating only to the artist and not reality in its broadest sense.
A true artist expresses their opinions and thoughts as they do their art. There is no sense of expressing reality. The perception of reality should be left to the realm of scientific inquiry.
To express one’s opinion clearly and succinctly is a rare ability. However, it can be divisive and disturbing. Yet those who have accepted their life as an artist will plow on regardless of the rest of our opinions.
An artist only expresses in print what they perceive. Once one defines themselves as an “artist”, all objectivity and ability to categorize becomes more difficult.
Thank you for your help along my own path!Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #7 on: May 24, 2021 at 6:59 pm
Good point! Is a shoe box with a pin hole in it a camera?
Also if I capture an image to my SD card, is that a photograph? What if I share that image on the internet? Is that now a photograph or still an image? I think we would all agree that a printed image captured by a camera is a photograph, but does how one processes the image make is a different type of photograph? or how it is printed make it a different photograph?
I think these are legitimate questions for those who are asking these questions.
On the other hand I was never very good in philosophy or debate or rhetoric, but I do enjoy listening to those who think about issues pertinent to my experience in a different manner than I.
My point is that this line of discussion can either be a very deep and complex rabbit hole or a much more simple matter as you state.
Lance puts together shows and looks to equalize the playing field so those who present their work can do it in concert with others whose process is similar. That is a difficult job in the current milieu of those who capture anything with a camera.Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #8 on: May 24, 2021 at 5:41 pm
Absolutely! So where does one start to define photography? With a camera? With a print? The “sensing substrate”? How one processes the visual “imprint”?
I think Lance’s points are well-take that this gets to be a complex issue regarding the semantics of what we do.
Re: Creating Artistic Photographs Film to Digital Paradigm Shift: Part 1Reply #9 on: May 1, 2021 at 2:13 am
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The RAW file is just a table of numbers. It needs to be interpreted by a RAW converter. Setting all the RAW converter file settings to default gets an image of the RAW file. Otherwise one is left with looking at a table of numbers and not an image that is meaningful to the human brain.Re: The Epson SC-P900 Printer ReviewReply #10 on: March 23, 2021 at 5:57 pm
After re-reading your article, I also couldn’t think of anything I was doing wrong in terms of settings, so I called them and was very pleased with the help.Re: The Epson SC-P900 Printer ReviewReply #11 on: March 23, 2021 at 5:45 pm
I’m sorry I didn’t explain more and used the term bleed wrong. I think my brain was bleeding trying to figure out the problem.
After 2 1/2 hours with tech support at Epson we figured out it was a defective printer that would only print to 13×19 paper despite being told by the driver to print on 17×22 paper. It appears that all prints were printed as if on 13×19 paper, so nothing was centered even if it was smaller than 13×19. Must be a bad ROM chip or small toad or dwarf causing havoc.
I have to give Epson support two thumbs up though for their tech staying with me the whole time until we figured it out. It was a far different experience from my 7990 and its recurrent print head failures, where I was politely told “sorry”.
Sorry for the calamity here! A new printer will be on the way sometime and they will courteously take the old one back.