My attention was caught by a post on the FB Lensbaby Unplugged, showing an image that had been singled out by, a National Geographic Editor, as their favourite image entered in ‘My Shots’. Their comment suggested investigating the period in Photography known as the Pictorial Period. I am pleased I looked and learnt a lot, also endorsing that thought that ‘nothing is new in photography’
Here is the gist, but obviously you can google it to discover more.
Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus and is perhaps a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination. They used ‘Art Lenses, manipulation, varied printing processes to achieve their experimental results.
It also follows a group conversation when we were discussing the reception that Lensbaby images receive from the viewer. Polina was saying how people talk of the ‘treatment’ that the image is given, whereas Lensbaby images are predominantly all ‘done in Camera’.
Commenting personally, I love my blurry images with just the tiniest point of focus, as Kathleen Clemons says, ‘Take images that make your heart sing’ I am singing as I lineup the shots with my ‘babies, perhaps I can make a nod towards Neo Pictorialism, utilising the digital technology and ‘art’ lenses we now have at our disposal today.
However we must continue to find a way to further educate those who critique our images!
September 23rd Meeting
Jack Taylor will be visiting us for our September meeting. Jack enjoys making images and his speciality is ‘Abstracts’ he is coming to talk to us about this genre of photography.
I asked Jack to give us a brief for us to create some images to show him, here it is and hope that it gives you a project to complete over the next few weeks.
Brief for Dynamic Range Group
The Creativity of Nature – The Nature of Creativity
Nature itself can produce some wonderful images. We can as photographers record these wonderful scenes as they exist but we can also add extra value by putting our own spin on things. An individual interpretation which extends our vision and hopefully encourage the viewers of our resultant images to see the world differently.
Look for and photograph a variety of scenes from nature – close-ups, medium or long shots – whatever takes your fancy. Produce a ‘straight’ image of your scene(s) and then use your processing skills to reinterpret the result – do not play safe but push the image to its boundaries.
Project both the original ‘straight’ image and also your chosen best processed
re-interpretation of the scene. If time permits it would be good to see two images from each photographer.