Photograms – next steps

I’m developing the previous post’s themes to consider how to develop photograms further

  1. What is the relation between the photogram and my existing practice?
  2.  What is the potential of the photogram – what is to be done?  picking up on the observation that photograms encourage a position to be taken.

1. This is going to develop but there is already a link with previous experiments relating to screens and digital photography which allowed the original setup to be done in a day. The fact that I am asking 2 it follows  that 1 will be answered as a result.  The photogram position will assert its place in my practice and not the other way around.

The potential of the digital photogram at a practical level relates to scale, colour, immediacy, animation, and a wider range of materials that can be used with the screen (could be wet for example which might disrupt normal photopaper)

scale – any size but needs a glass sheet and space for lighting and camera to be positioned.

orientation in production – flatbed but could be vertical.

Colour – could result from objects or lighting.

post-production- change of tonal curve, colour.

reproduction – can be reproduced in various ways (transparency – lightbox, projection- as well as digital printing) could be produced as a negative and printed onto photo paper on any scale.

immediacy – exposure can be set on the computer

animation – what is animated? (objects, lighting) and why?

materiality – found materials -could be wet, subject to processes on the screen, organic etc

These practical possibilities open up a significant space beyond conventional photograms.

The potential of the photogram will result for me from the above space and a consideration of how I want to develop the photogram as a position i.e a more theoretical approach.

Various aspects;

The lack of a lens where the lens is a tool of perspective and ordering of space.

Resistance to straightforward analysis

Photogram and proximity – to a screen – tactility.

Relationship between screen and conventional cinematic projection.

Could be projected as a negative (created from digital) on a larger scale.  The materiality of the photogram scaled up – not like a conventional image which may scale naturally.

Chance.. – picking up on the agency of chance.

Flexible arrangements – part chance part design.

Model –  manufacturing large quantities of objects by laser cutting. flat or 3 dimensional.

Found materials – particularly organic materials, glass ornaments,  shards,

The forensic photogram – picking up on the material and chance qualities together.