Are photographs a momentary record of Reality? There was a discussion on a Linkein board started off by the coment person mentioning that at a photography booth at a outdoor arts festival was a sign saying this these images were not “photoshopped.” In popular culture “photoshopped” has come mean the image has been altered. The implication is not so much that the image was altered but rather that the original unaltered image has an intrinsic value, and,one more step, that the original image is Real.
This phenomenon has always been interesting to me. First people cannot really agree on what is Reality, not even science, so how can a camera record a Real moment?. Of course we as a species could not survive if we acted on that basis but that is not topic. The Vedas suggested the Universe was a process and the human experience of a “thing” is a phenomenon of human interaction with the process—they termed it Maya or illusion. But even more the concept of “thing” is pretty incredible as we can effectively communicate with each other and act in a unified way even though we do not agree on what is Real or even if we know nothing about it, such as “dark matter.”
On any one discreet category there is a range. Words representing things like rock, house, person, etc are pretty easy to find commonality in everyday life and these we usually measure in standards with commonly accepted standard intervals, There are either ten houses there or five houses on this block and we all know the difference. Less discrete things are usually measured in ordinal units, more or less even though we share much commonality. The head of a major corporation is successful? How about Pete Seeger is successful? but both are not only very different standards of success but in a sense contrary to each other. And how about the famous actor that commits suicide because they are unhappy.
If one has a photograph of the actor that took their life because of being unhappy but they appear happy in the photograph is it a photograph of a happy person, an unhappy person or of the actor.
In the end the photograph has nothing to do with Real but we still use images, strictly defined with common definitions such as a security video of a burglar. No one would say that is not the person? Go to traffic court and listen to people argue that is not their picture running the stop sign and you will be surprised how many drivers away with it.
As far as photoshop is concerned, unless you shoot “raw” the image has been manipulated by the camera when you shoot it. Just to print (offset) a photograph needs to be converted to CMYK color space, to do that is to manipulate the image and usually lose/change some of the original visual information. If you are a portrait or wedding photographer you want your clients to be treasure your image,s if they are little dark and you lighten them up that is manipulating the mage but to the clients its more real than the too dark images.
There is an old painting I used to see in the Toledo Museum of Art of a young boy in Spanish court with a small dog in his arms, The dog is ugly and the boy’s face looks like the dog. It was a famous prince and later he had the painter killed for painting him to look like that. He was also known to be a cruel prince.
Who knows what is Real or what has been Manipulated, still when I take on a project at home which requires taking something apart, replacing a part and putting it back together again I always take some photographs and when putting it back together if I forget I look at the photographs and accept that image as more Real than my memory.
Before the “digital age” wealth was created by people using tools to make things and then sell them in the market. It was important to keep the tools in good shape, to have the skill to use them and keep the person in good shape—without the person to use the tool wealth is not created. As wealth is being created new things are being produced and, if you appreciate Marx’s theory of dialectical materialism in which it is the interplay (the dialectic) between the new things creating new desires yet constrained by the existing culture that create new changes in the structure of society. If new things are not being created that energy is also not being generated.
In the digital/electronic age, the most imortant thing is access to electricity. Without electricity nothing will happen. Next its important to have machines and code to make them do the things they are supposed to do. While machines, code and electricity are not creative, they can maintain—i.e. while not being able to develop new things, they can generate “replacement parts.” In this way computer/machines will be very satisfied with just replacing the things that exist. The dialectical process between people and economic change will no longer generate changes in the society.
At that time people will not be needed. Still people will want to use electricity and machines may come to conclude that their own performance and even existence places them in competition with people for electricity, i.e. people who do not make a contribution will be a danger and threat to the computer/machines for the scarce resource of electricity. They may conclude the existence of people will not be in the interest of maintaining the society.
In a sense then we will have a Marxist “utopian society,” i.e. a society in which the dialectic between production and distribution will no longer function and society will become static. And that is the vision of coders.
And still, when you see me you will probably run away, at least after you get to know me or more likely, think you do.
I usually fast walk for four miles on a daily basis or at least five days a week and I listen. Yesterday listening to Britt Ponsett the “famous gunfighter” known as The Six Shooter, in the show he was recognized for bringing in a tough bad guy and praised his comment was “Between the doin’ an’ the tellin’ things may get a little exaggerated.’
I thought it’s very rare these days that I see humility expressed.
Jeff Mori at Powell St., BART. I bought the cd.
There are multiple instruments played on the cd but it is not printed who played what instrument or even what instruments were played. The cd itself has a hand written title and is signed, but no copyright.
Market Correction is an interesting term. I been through a few of them now, I never really get it. The market is funny, but its real and not much control over it. The big banks and investment houses have hundreds of ways to play the market, I don’t know how well they work and I would guess they make a lot off fees (usually hedge funds have big fees) especially ones sold face to face.
Stocks are like gambling in that you never really know how things will play out. The market is is its own animal and there are many approaches. To hear some try listening to www.benzinga.com early in the morning about an hour before the market opens. They generally have three or four guests discussing their strategies. Most of their guests are traders, meaning that usually everyday they are buying or selling or at least watching for indications according to their methodology with the intention of being active,
Still when you visit my site there are no market tips, just off the wall opinions and art work of some sort. I am now going to call these posters ShadoBlankets instead of shadoWeaver.
The image used in the above poster. It was a blue bench, I over exposed and where my shadow fell was the blue of the bench and where the sun fell was the bench being over exposed to appear white to the camera.