Monday, May 4, 2009

Uh Oh

How Not To Photograph:
I've Got A Scanner And I'm Going To Use It.

If you work in an office, you may have attended an office party. At the office party, you may have drunk excessively and acted inappropriately. You may have photocopied your body parts, and displayed the photocopies around the room. The next day, there is good chance you felt embarrassed, ashamed and humiliated.

What you didn't do is put all the photocopies of your body parts together into a portfolio turn it into an end of year exhibition. You didn't make a book of your photocopies or enlarge them and frame them. This is because you, like all right-thinking people, know that a picture of an arse is a picture of an arse is a picture of an arse.

What scanners almost never do is present anything profound. They are two-dimensional in every way, the artificial flavoring of the photography world. The apparent speed, ease and fun results in something cheap. And the best word to go with cheap. Nasty!

- Colin Pantall from his series How Not To Photograph.

Read it All HERE.


Alisha said...

Not sure if this is what you were thinking, but I do not think in any way he is referring to the scanned things in your project.

I read those parts of the project as real, legitimate things. scanning them is the only way to share them, to share that part of the relationship. It is giving them importance, and extremely profound.

colin pantall said...

Thanks Alisha - course I'm not, otherwise I'd have said something about scanning your kids pictures, notes and memos. Which is something I do rather a lot of myself (I'm the origin of all those posts) so it could have been a post, but the series has ended so it isn't. Damn, missed one there!

Anyway, Tim, you know I love your stuff. Just listen to yourself and nobody else - photography isn't a totalitarian regime. But you know that already. Happy scanning.

Timothy Archibald said...

It really would have been better for blog reading if he was personally dissing my project...

Alisha said...

haha. Well, we could probably find people who are not at all interested in photography other than family photos... they could diss it if you wanted. hahahahah.

Anonymous said...

What kind of ass calls it an arse?

max s. gerber said...

is it okay if i use my scanner to scan a different scanner? what if i have a kid and i scan their scanner? if the kid breaks your scanner do we then call him an art critic?