Friday, April 21, 2006

On the Shifting Nature of the Photographic Image

Stone from Jerusalem 12 -2005
It seems that we are in the middle of a significant shift in the ontology of the photographic image. The digital age created a shift on three levels regarding our attitudes towards photographs. The first is that we can no longer believe in the veracity of the representation of the referents. That is, the difference between the documentary and the staged is evaporating. This is highly significant as this was the unique ontological trait of photographs. The second is that if before mostly photographers of visual professionals lived their lives visually, meaning that they photographed what they thought meaningful, now everybody is doing it. The proof can be observed in sites like Flickr, where everything and everywhere at any time is photographed. The third is the liquidity of the photographic image. It could be published immediately and shared with many people instantly. Think about a photographic print, how many people could see it. Or how many negatives have you scanned and published. Now as evidenced by this site you could take a photograph, modify it in Picasa for example and publish it directly to this blog. The photograph now is full of fluidity and liquidity. (c) SLA 2006

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Passover 2006

I did not go anywhere on this spring break, instead I stayed home and toiled on the thesis. Here are couple of images from the country retreat in finland. Numinan July 2005 Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Bethesda - Old City Jerusalem

Been photographing this small garden' next to St Anne's Church, Bethesda, just off Via Dolorosa since 1984 Posted by Picasa

Eucalyptus Grove

I am thinking of Cezanne when I shoot these trees. Shot on June 2005 next to my house. Posted by Picasa

Homage to Zurbaran

Homage to Zurbaran (Three red grapefruits) shot in my studio on May 2005 Posted by Picasa

Photographic Transparency

Part of my research had to deal with the issue of the transparency of photograph. I was in the country house in Numinan Finland in the summer of 2005 when I notice this unstaged scene. Posted by Picasa

Sunflowers in Helsinki 2005

The city of Helsinki, Finland had planted these sunflowers for its citizens to pick. Photographed in PhotoPartners studio on Aug 2005 Posted by Picasa

Hirbet Zebabda - Markers of Memories

click on: On the Palestinian hamlet of Hirbet Zebabda Posted by Picasa

Jaffa at 4am

On Oct. 2003 just after I got my first digital camera, I found myself on these Jaffa Streets on 4am... Posted by Picasa

On Red Mangos

These red mangos are from my tree - photographed on 2004 titles of work are 'Two Red Mangos, Homage to Gauguin and 'Nine pairs of Red Mangos - True Color'. Reference is Marcel Broodthaers work. Posted by Picasa

Grapefruit Blossom

In 1995 we planted a memorial citrus grove in memory of my mother.
The citrus blossoms in the first hot days of April have an intoxicationg effect. Here a grapefruit blossom from this April
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Grapefruit Grove with rain puddle

Just before Passover,
The April rains created this puddle in this grapefruit grove. The blossoms are intoxicating and I was wondering for how longs these groves are going to be active before the residential developments takes over in the Sharon(Orange County CA was called so because of its orange grove
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Easter Salad

Many of the ingredients are from my garden Posted by Picasa

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter 2006

My photograph for this Easter

Bitter Lemons in Baghdad

William S Burroughs:
"Nothing more ominous than a difficult decision in the Pentagon. And nobody does more harm than he who feels bad about doing it. Sad poison, nice guy more poison than nice wept when he saw the Hiroshima pictures. What a drag. When we murder somebody we want to have fun doing it.."

My sincere view is that the commitment of U.S. forces to this fight [Iraq] was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions - or bury the results.
Liet. Genenral Greg Newbold (Ret.)
Time Magazine Apr. 17th 2006