how cameras have evolved over time
This week’s lesson included an overview of how cameras have evolved over time. We learned how the process transitioned from ANALOGUE (chemistry-based and photographic film/paper processes) to DIGITAL. But, we also see how little photography has changed. How, at its core, it is still a process based on LIGHT. The tools may have become more sophisticated but the actual act of taking a photograph is relatively the same.
Read the article and interview about Robert Canali’s project Screentime HERE
If you aren’t familiar with LUMEN printing, read about it HERE.
Canali’s project combines a very analogue technique (lumen printing on light sensitive photographic paper) with a very digital technology (exposing an iPad screen loaded with a Zoom meeting). Even the length of time the viewer must sit still is reminiscent of early long exposure photographs that required head clamps to keep subjects from moving.
Reflect on and respond to the following 4 questions (no minimum or maximum). You can paste the questions into your journal and type your answers after each one:
1. Do you think this type of combination (old & new technology) is representative of life in isolation – A return to the basics or tradition mixed with a dependance on technology? Why or why not?
1A. Can you give examples of where this kind of combination has manifested for you?
Canali asked each of his subjects the following questions, answer them:
2. During this period of isolation, what have you lost and what have you gained?
3. What do you hope will change after isolation?
4. If you posed for one of Canali’s Screentime portraits, what would your 15 minute playlist be?