12 October 2009


And now for something completely different...

Cell Phone Photo Soiree
hosted by Glovebox Boston at Midway Studios, Fort Point, Boston.

Photographs function like memories; they serve to record events and experiences that occurred in the past. With the emergence of digital technology, the process of making photographic images has never been so readily available. Production has become fast and effortless. Photos can be taken by the hundreds-- easily downloaded, sorted, and disseminated. All this can happen with the click of the mouse. In our digital age, it seems that everyone has become an instant artist. But what does that mean for professional image makers? Is everyone now an artist? And does the proliferation of photographic image affect our relationship to the world around us? How do digital technologies alter our relationship to the lived experience?

The traditional
photographic print exists within the same physical space that we occupy-- a space that we often share with loved ones and friends. Indeed the printed image represents the past in a realm or experience that is quite different from the digital realm. But is our experience of the photographic print more substantial than that of a digital image? What are the advantages of one technology over the other? And how will these different forms of photographic production continue to shape our understanding of both the past and present?

-- Jodie Baehre, Stuart Steck, and Victor Yambao

Grid (Lechmere)

Digital image taken with Blackberry Tour 9630
variable dimensions
copyright Kate Castelli 2009

featured in the Cell Phone Photo Soiree

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