Under repair: trampoline springs hanging around waiting for a new mat. Shot with iphone 4 and edited with Avery Ultimate Photo Editor. Su Leslie 2103
The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.
― John Berger, Ways of Seeing
Ways of Seeing – John Berger’s 1972 book and TV series – took ideas earlier expounded by Walter Benjamin in a 1936 essay, about the ways that mechanical reproduction of images challenges the authority of art and viewers’ relationships to it.
These days image (and sound) reproduction are digital and the opportunities for everyone to create, modify and share images seem infinite. Within my iPhone and iPad there is the capacity to fundamentally change “reality” – whether it’s by cropping and recolouring trampoline springs, or using novelty camera apps to photograph other everyday objects. The results are abstractions – images from which a literal relationship with the physical world has been removed and replaced with a complexity of mathematical algorithms.
Light tunnel effect on medalion. Shot with Photo Booth on iPad, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor. Su Leslie 2013.
Book cover shot with kaleidescope effect, iPad Photo Booth. Edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor. Su Leslie 2013.
All in a pickle. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor. Su Leslie 2013
Getting pickled. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor. Su Leslie, 2013
Photo Booth kaleidescope effect on necklace. Edited with Aviary Ultimate Photo Editor. Su Leslie 2013
It’s Challenger’s Choice for Sally’s Phoneography theme at Lens and Pens by Sally this week, and I’ve chosen abstraction. Here are some other posts you might be interested in: