Project 365 – 8th Aug 2010

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Photography, Project 365
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Day 189 – Pictures

Pictured is my friend Hugh, who I was taking a few photos of today for his website. In case it’s not obvious he is a film maker!

Film has such an interesting relationship to photography in that its very similar but also completely different. Film is a series of photos that combine to give a sense of movement, and photography takes one of those moments and immortalises it. It can tell more of the story by freezing time to allow a more considered contemplation and it can add an air of mystery by what it doesn’t show. It can also lie. Similarly video or films are moments put together to tell a story that resembles life, or in some cases is purely a product of imagination. Also similarly what the filmmaker choses to focus on narrows a narrative for the viewer and points them to the story. Neither is never the full story but every piece of art is a self portrait of the artist as well as what they want to say.

I’m terrible though, for someone who spends hours each week looking at photos, whether they’re in books, magazines, billboards, adverts, etc… I rarely watch examples of the moving image. I haven’t been to the cinema in forever and, apart from the news and the odd chat show, only watch one TV programme a week (Rush, Channel 10, Thurs 8pm!). I guess the influence of a sporting life in Ireland meant I was never home for the ‘good’ programmes in the afternoons and spent the most of my teens and twenties seeing TV as something that could be missed, in the grand scheme of things. (Pity I didn’t tell myself the same thing about the internet!)

As busy as I am now TV rarely gets a look in and too many bad or even average films have convinced me that cinema can so often amount to ‘2 hours of my life that I’ll never get back’! I should make time for it though, now that I can deconstruct images a little better (note a little, not a lot!), and try learn something from the people who were obviously good enough to get their show on TV or the big screen. I find it takes a bit of effort though, to analyse what you are looking at as well as getting caught up in the emotional drama, and too often it’s just easier to watch rather than actually see.

Quote of the day: The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. – John Huston

  1. bobbie says:

    Keats you should go and watch inception at least its ammmazing!!

  2. keats18 says:

    Its been bumped up a few places on my ‘to-see’ list, just cause you said so! Though do I need to have my wits about me, as they say, to see it, cause I’d have to time my visit very well?!

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