We also went to see an exhibition of early and alternative photography at the science museum, it showed a range of photography techniques that i hadn’t seen before and some really interesting methods of creating photographs dating right back to the 1840’s. Up until now i have been using digital photography to create the images of my sets and editing them digitally, although i think some if these methods look really interesting, i don’t think they will be relatable to my FMP but have encouraged me to want to try some new techniques regardless.
The techniques used in the work displayed, were mainly for scientific photography shaped the history of photography as an artform and influenced contemporary photographers, below is the trailer for the exhibition ( which is a method of advertising an exhibition i haven’t really seen before so thats something to think about in terms of promotion):
Some of the most famous images we saw include an original photographic print of an X-ray and the earliest recorded images of the moon! We also saw some work from celebrated contemporary artists like Eadweard Muybridge and Henry Fox Talbot. I hadn’t realised what a direct and profound influence scientific early photography had upon contemporary art photography, i especially was blown away by one particular image from the exhibition ,the one that is shown in the trailer actually: Blow Up: Untitled 1, 2007, Ori Gersht © Ori Gersht, Private Collection
This image doesn’t do it any justice, but as we were not permitted to photograph during the exhibition, i only have a few cheeky quick phone photographs of certain pieces. This image was created by Ori Gersht who is a photographer and video artist from Israel, as you can see from this image above his work is heavily influenced by war and trauma and violence. To create this photograph he froze a vase of flowers using nitrogen and then fired a gun at it, causing this explosive reaction that is beautifully captured. Here is how his work is described:
“Gersht has imagined the confluence of technology and artistic production at its logical extremes, reconstructing classic still life compositions of flowers and fruit only to explode them and capture the moment of destruction with a high-speed camera.”
below are some images of other work we saw, some of them may be low quality due to the quick nature in which we had to capture them and some of the processes i saw and read about on the walls were:
This one above i found particularly interesting, i have since researched what a daguerreotype is and its defined as being one of the earliest photographic processes and it involved using a light sensitive, silver coated metallic plate and exposing an image for as long as is deemed necessary, sometimes only seconds if brightly lit. It is developed using mercury vapor, something i imagine wouldn’t be very safe now we understand the risks of contact with mercury. I still am unsure of how this process works and it requires further research. but its characteristics include that the image will have a mirror like surface and should be protected behind glass. The result of the image depends on the lighting as to whether it will come out positive or negative. Its very delicate and even the slightest rubbing on the metal can wipe some of the texture off, dark areas of the image will simply be exposed silver.