Week six lecture was about war photography and a discussion about truth in photography. We looked at Frank Hurley’s composite photo and one of his non composite ones and discussed. A lot of people seemed quite determined that truth was necessary making the composite photo a worse one. I think that of the two photos the non composite photo was a gentler more emotive photo, but I’m not sure that this was because of its supposed ‘truthfulness’. I think it was just the composition and content of the photo ,and the fact that there was a slightly unreal sense to the other photo – not because it was untrue, because it was not – all the photos were real and somewhere that would have happened- but because of the manual composition. Nowadays a photo could be created in photoshop with completely correct size and perspective and it would lose that unreal sense. But also the content made it a less interesting photo to me, but again not because it was not truth.
Interestingly there was talk of the uncanny which I hadn’t really heard of before. Somewhere between real and surreal. Mentioned in painting too.
Pinhole photos taken around the house looking from inside to outside.
Lots of issues with exposure. A lot were very over exposed and likely to only need about five to twenty mins looking out the window but a lot of variation. I have edited these in photoshop and I was surprised at how much detail I could get out of these but it would be much better to be able to get correct exposure.
I have also tried printing through the photo itself. Cyanotype didn’t work at all after a few hours so I did a few hours of solartype over the top. Hence the strong border.
Detail is lost but I can still make out and I might be able to expose even longer to get better. This was about seven hours close up under four lights. Also print on smoother fabric might get a sharper print although I quite like the soft fabric. I’m interested in the cyanotype border. Adds a crispness to the image as a whole.