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Lady Bay + the photographic medium

May 30, 2015

The picture below of Lady Bay at a particular moment in time is an outtake from a submission to a photo competition with respect to the landscape of the western Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. What was different, and significant, about this competition from a number of other competitions of contemporary art is that it was centrally premised on submitting a series of one photo of each of the four seasons over 1 year period.

Lady Bay

Lady Bay

The significance of a series of 4 photos is that it breaks away from the entrenched tradition of a single classic analog image in a specific medium in which the specific aspects of indexical relations—–that is, concepts like objectivity, immediacy and truth——continue to inform how we, as readers, interact with images, what we expect from them and how they are performed. Yet the emerging world of networked technologies has transformed, if not ruptured, photography’s traditional boundaries. The value of the image now comes from being online, and on the image being spread and shared; on it being circulated and adapted as it moves through various online platforms.
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