Gracie Crawford

Test prints that went wrong


The problem with the test prints shown, were that they were too dark and the portraits didn’t exactly fit with the theme of generation through my little-known fathers’ past. Although they were beautifully crafted and representative of time through the usage of clouds collectively, they did not have a purpose or knowledgeable narrative which showed personal representation about who I am and where my past, present and future lies within my family history. 

Furthermore, the images are great as stand alone’s, however when you add them into a video the images seem somehow become lost in the movement, remaining better as images stuck in the moment. This does not mean they are lost for good as they are can be the basis of a future project or even publication of unseen portraits of time. However, these are a few images I take pride in and I believe that they are worthy to be seen even if they remain just for the purpose of this blog. 


James Elkins

What photography is (a return to Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida)

The article ‘What photography is’ has a sense a mortality through the narrative of resemblance of photography seen in non-humane circumstances.

Furthermore, Elkins believes that ordinary portraits have something to do with the unfocused, subjects such as death. Throughout this article of ‘What Photography Is’ in the discussion on death has allowed the growth of literature in photography industry. The visual documentation and storytelling throughout this narrative allows the images to be bigger than oneself. For example, in the subchapter ‘too full of light’ it suggests that the light and darkness plays a role in creating an emotional reaction allowing us to draw subjectivity. 

What photography Is, helps me in particular, to understand an opinion on how memories and time allows the image to connects to a moment in time in the fleeting nature of life whether there is good or evil. And from there, the article shows us the vulnerability of sharing personal yet crucial stories of our past.

The image below captures the essences of the article in the sense that the archival images throughout what photography is and the delicacy of the moment of dark and light. Although I am unsure of who the photographer is, I do know that it is from the subchapter ‘too full of life’.

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