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Photo Reflection

Helmer talks about the context of the image and the intent of the creator of the image.  I kept thinking about the construction of an image with photography when I happened up on the exhibit tucked in the back of the Vignelli gallery on cameras.  At first I was just thinking of snapping a picture of an old camera and thought that might be the focus, if you will, of my illustration.  But when I noticed that I was reflected with my iPhone, I thought that it was a great juxtaposition of old and new technology with me in the mix.  And this brings me to my point.  I had no real intended message when I took the image, but the end result could be analyzed and one could guess I was making a commentary on technology or my place in the world of photo technology or any number of things.  But really, I had no message other than perhaps, after the fact, of provoking the viewer to interpret something.





I love the idea of your unintentional technology timeline here. Also, what i truely like about the image is that you can see the creator of the image (you) yet back when the older camera existed we rarely saw a portrait of the photographer themselves. Today, it’s all we see on the internet are pictures of the creators, taking pictures of themselves with their iPhones (if that makes sense). It’s amazing how much technology has transformed and now how each artist, photographer or normal person (who happens to own a camera phone) is seen differently because of it in some form.


I love the unintentional contrast in this photograph between old and new. Even though the messages sent by this juxtaposition were unintentional, they are certainly intriguing. In addition to considering the contrast between the past and the present, I also thought about the future from your image. The photographers who used cameras like this probably could never have fathomed someone years later would be taking photographs on a phone. What sort of technology will develop years from today for these processes? What will people be using to capture images? Will iphones become museum relics? It’s hard to even imagine this scenario playing out decades from now because who knows what sorts of technology will exist.


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