A critical contribution to the debate around the shift from analogue/digital photography.
My outcome is my comment to what I think this shifting is creating. I started by researching online: Flickr, Facebook, Instagram but mainly Sightsmap helped me a lot to built my concept.
Following some theories on which I based my artifact.
Plato saw the changing physical world as a poor, decaying copy of a perfect, rational, eternal, and changeless original. The beauty in this world is an imperfect copy of Beauty Itself. In this world of changing appearances, while you might catch a glimpse of that ravishing perfection, it will always fade. It’s just a pointer to the perfect beauty of the eternal.
Art is imitation and idea common to most of the philosopher and reintroduced in the Renassaince, when Vasari, in his Lives of the Painters, said that 'painting is just the imitation of all the living things of nature with their colors and designs just as they are in nature.' Most people still think that a picture must be a picture of something, and that an artist is someone who can make a picture that 'looks just like the real thing'. It wasn’t until late in the nineteenth century that the idea of art as imitation began to fade from western aesthetics, to be replaced by theories about art as expression, art as communication, art as pure form, art as whatever elicits an “aesthetic” response, and a number of other theories.
I researched photography as a general mean to keep track of happy/unhappy moments. Not as an artistic mean. With platforms as Instagram or Facebook or Flickr, people are sharing a huge quantity of digital pictures. The main reason is that digital photography is accesible to everyone. It is virtually unlimited (no 12,24,36 exposures), cheap and in most of the cases for free, immediate (point, shoot and see the result). So what happens now is that people are snapping aroung, freezing every single moment, building a huge archive of similar pictures they are not going to look at again. My artifact is a comment to this situation.
According to Sightsmap, the most photographed location in London is, surprisingly, the Tate Modern.
I downloaded a picture of the Tate Modern and I gradually deteriorated it until I got an abstract B&W image. Then I reproduced it on a canvas, using B&W pins, in order to invert the shifting from a color digital image to a B&W analog but abstract image. Referencing Plato’s theory of something perfect outside this world and its imperfect reproduction here, referencing the origins of photography and referencing the huge digital archive built by people who, snapping around are creating a bigger picture.