I’m developing the previous post’s themes to consider how to develop photograms further
- What is the relation between the photogram and my existing practice?
- 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.
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.