“Technically, photography is at the intersection of two quite distinct procedures; one of the chemical order; the action of light on certain substances; the other of a physical order the formation of the image through an optical device”
I have recently been reading this book, just to see things from a different perspective. Roland Barthes has been such a prominent figure in Critical Theory, and being able to see things from a different perspective (something we as film-makers should do) Although the book relates to photography, it’s still useful to see what principles we could use for video.
I felt that I should read this book to see what exactly he could lend to my experimental project. The first sort of anecdote that caught my attention was how Barthes explains:
‘Photography evades us. The various distributions we impose upon it are in fact either Empirical – (professionals, amateurs)
Aesthetic – (realism / pictoralism)
In any case external to the object, without relation to its essence, which can only be (if it exists at all) the New of which it has been advent..
Henry Bergson has no doubt influenced him, when he explains that there is an apparent redundancy in photography. It’s true that we live in a continuous flow, and life can’t be captured in slots. The moment you capture something and say this is it, you lose the essence of it.
This is may sound like a contradiction to the theories explained above, but I like Jonathan Shaw’s experimental photography. This because in my opinion the experimental qualities he implements in his photography, capture a slight moment where you’re able to see more than a still image. In fact I feel its taken photography in a new direction.
Barthes manages to dissect photography in such an insightful way.
OPERATOR – is the photographer
SPECTATOR – is ourselves, of us who glance through collections of photography – in magazines, newspapers, books, albums, archives etc.
SPECTRUM – the thing or person photographed
Jonathan Shaw who states how ‘Great paintings are static objects. But they pretend not to be’
I found this a worthy observation; we see photos, which show a man playing golf. Once we see this we immediately recognise that static that it’s a man playing golf. But somewhere the image and the language we’re using to describe what we’re seeing don’t correlate to one another.
I have been photographed and knew it. Now, once I feel myself being observed by the lens, everything changes. I constitute myself in the process of ‘posing’, I instantaneously make another body for myself, I transform myself in advance into an image
THIS A GREAT VIDEO I FOUND ON YOUTUBE:
ROLAND BARTHES THEORY ON \’STUDIUM\’ and \’PUNCTUM\’