M4 - Week 9 - Tell a story!

This week's task only proved what I was well aware of - I am not a good storyteller.

I keep telling myself that not all photographic works have to tell the story, at least not in the common understanding of the term 'story'. That is how I currently approach this medium - by creating a 'storyless' works.

It was pretty hard to come up with the idea for the story with the beginning, middle and the end as required in a brief, but I wanted to give it a go and in the end decided to photograph my rather boring daily office routine.

It is, let's be honest, a failure, I would never be able to sell it to any magazine (and would never try to) but I like some of the shots - the cables under the desk which I photographed many times before and find very interesting, and the white board with not very carefully wiped scribbles. 

M4 - Project developement

Multiple layers of transformation

I work as an UI designer in a bank to make my living and the hours spend before the screen looking at the vector geometry of the software interface I work with and the objects I compose to create a good user experience certainly influenced the way I see.

I find the abstract compositions which unintentionally appear on the screen while I am working very interesting for couple of reasons. First for they undeniable aesthetic qualities, second for the abstractness of the digital vector objects which are ultimately a sequences of the mathematical commands.

It is nothing new for me at the moment to use the UI Interface elements in my works but what I did this week was slightly different. Starting from the iPhone snapshots of the screen at work I begun to add a layer of a pattern specific to the electronic displays - the moiré fringes, the effect of the overlaping patterns of the screen pixels and camera sensor.

M4 - Project developement

The methods of incorporating the software (mostly Photoshop) to the photographic image-making processes exist on the photography stage for more than a decade now. I used to identify that kind of practices erroneously with the amateurish and cheesy trends during all those years, mainly due to the total lack of knowledge about the art photography world and very shallow understanding of this medium. Today I am feeling more and more confident that it is the direction for me but all my the ideas/actions are still scattered and ephemeral.

I am researching intensively at the moment, going through the achievements of many artists of the post-internet era, whose works manifest, in one way or another, quite radical understanding of contemporary art photography - as the fusion of many kinds of apparatuses and techniques, from very traditional analogue and cameraless, to very sophisticated cutting-edge technological solutions (augmented reality) and in combination with other traditional methods like painting or sculpture.

I've been trying different options based on the idea of using the parts of the software user interface as an element of the composition. It is all based on the instinctive and spontaneous moves right now but I keep coming to the same place in my practice since I started to experiment with those forms in July, so there must be something important for me in this method. 

R Rodner

R Rodner

R Rodner

R Rodner


...by Charlotte Cotton

I got this book finally. The reviews on Amazon were really off-putting and I relied on them for months but saw the references to this book in a couple of places recently and thought that it is really not right to trust a couple of people whose expectations were different than what they got. And it is Charlotte Cotton book so it can't be really bad, can it?

I am really glad I have this book. I wish, the same as many other readers, that there was more about the artists, and generally more to read about this broad subject but what is written is very interesting and helpful....The selection of artists is very rich and unique so it somehow compensates for the slightly too concise writing.

It is an important source of contextual research for me at the moment as the approach to photographic record and new methods of generating the image are very close to what i 


It is one of those artists whose works make me feel really excited about the photography and my own vision of it. My very new vision - I must add, not really crystallised yet, still evolving but getting there,  I hope.

Blalock works are unconventional and brave. I really identify with the way he challenges the traditional understanding of photography. For him (same as for me since the revolution in my head during the previous module) camera is one of the many apparatuses involved in the image-making.

My work is premised on the idea that what we mean by “photograph” is no longer a thing understood to be produced by a camera alone but by a larger apparatus inclusive of the computer. For me this has set the stage for playing with the possibilities and indexes of this device. As a continuation of this, I don’t think that Photoshop for me has the sense of post production but is just a continuation of the production of the photograph that begins with the camera. An interview with Lucas Blalock, June 2012
Lucas Blalock, A Toilet With a Phone, 2015-2016

Lucas Blalock, A Toilet With a Phone, 2015-2016

New research suggestion

Lucas Blalock, Rocking chair. 2012

Lucas Blalock, Rocking chair. 2012

Lucas Blalock

Lucas Blalock

ParisPhoto from Jo.PNG

Just when writing this post and reading about the Lucas Blalock I got a text from Jo Suthers with the photo of the exhibition wall on the ParisPhoto. Jessica Backhaus - another very interesting artist I need to look closer at. Thank you Jo!




M4 - Week 7 - Current commercial environment

Innovative distribution

I've made something I wanted to try for a long time - wearable photograph. I am not sure. I like it and I hate it in the same time. I like the fact that I have a real, tactile object I can take with me an use as a shield/manifest of my personality. But I hate its cheap form, the details reduced to blurred geometric shapes. It is not the photograph anymore, its a thumbnail of the photograph.