Redefining the Image
Design 350/ Project 1
How to make a “photograph” without a camera.
John Szarkowski’s Five Categories
In The Photographer’s Eye, John Szarkowski proposes five categories to view photographs:
“The thing itself — photography deals with the actual. The reality and the invisible.
The detail — photography is tied to the facts of things. Detail that symbolizes something greater.
The frame — the photograph is selected, not conceived. The frame defines the context and quality.
Time — photographs are time exposures and describe discrete parcels of time.
Vantage point — photographs provide us new views of the world.”
A photograph is defined as “a picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally. or taking a photograph of something.” But it is also defined as “drawing with light”. But during this process of taking a photograph you are capturing a moment for eternity. Capturing someone’s heart and soul, beauty, and their history.
When I started thinking of this process, I was confused because how do you truly make a photograph without a camera and the truth is you don’t but it is what the photograph is telling.
I decided to do a representation of Time, and something that lasts forever. Love. Love can be signified as many different things but a red rose is a good way to do it from someone far away. Because even after time and separation the rose stays intact and can symbolize ever lasting love.