29 February 2016
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In linguistics, words can start in one realm of meaning and take a circular pivot, a dive, a generational pull, a halt, or a reuse. A word’s common usage is often placed in history’s archival treasure trove of language’s distant past, and left to the archaic dustbin. Today, it seems that words are being called upon for new uses at a record trot, as culture, politics, science, and technology slip into other arenas.
Architecture is a unseeming example. Its usual meaning conjures the visual landscape–the landscape that is designed, molded and shaped by human ingenuity. Humanmade structures worthy of notoriety or not proliferate our view. It’s difficult to find a stretch of nature that is devoid of the human touch.
My own ideas about architecture are embedded in a continuum that is driven by a capital A and small a. Small “a” architecture, for instance, has become part of the purview of computers. It also can describe the design of a flower. It can delineate the substance of a day’s accomplishments. It can explain the inner spirit, the design of the heart’s desires. It can give an analysis of a person’s path on a life’s journey. It can explain an author’s style of a story.
Capital “A” Architecture projects an emotional and a physical side, provoking various effects and responses. At the sighting of the Freedom Tower in New York City or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco feelings surface about aesthetics, history, inventiveness, memory, human triumphs, and struggles. And I believe that the architecture of a flower can incite as strong reactions.
In the Lens section is an image taken a few weeks ago, as the first and only major snowstorm (to date) dissipated. Piles of snow were quickly being tested by the power of the sun rays. The light was brilliant and cunning, bringing a delicious patina to the contemporary buildings on the university campus in my small town.
I took the image in Hipstamatic, using two combinations of lens and film. As usual I applied my gentle editing perspectives. The results are vastly different images. The first has the sensibilities of that blissful sunlight bathing entire structures. The second is a wave to the past. It is as if I returned to that sight fifty years from now, and that winter’s still life became a retro link to the past, just like a word from 2016.
Architecture’s meandering to other disciplines and subjects exemplifies the fluidity of language, and how over time we can stretch applicability and meaning. Architecture is a word that suits my own bond and infatuation with words.
Until we notice or use a particular word anew, the possibilities remain hidden or unnoticed by us. When we open ourselves to the ability of each word to express a different voice, our own level of communication becomes a surprising gift of awareness.
Tip of the Week:
At the Tate Modern in London is an exhibition that I dearly want to visit in-person. Alas, I must settle for cyberspace’s platform for the artists’ interpretation of how self-portraits can be viewed as performance art. It’s a seductive and timely show that has much to offer about historic, historical and contemporary photography. “Performing for the Camera” is richly exciting and deserves a huge audience. If you are fortunate to live in London, or plan to visit the city, the exhibition is offered through 12 June 2016.
From the Museum’s website: “With over 50 seminal photographers on display, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. It shows how photographs have captured performances by important artists including Yves Klein and Yayoi Kusama, and ground-breaking collaborations between photographers, performers and dancers. It looks at how artists including Francesca Woodman, Erwin Wurm and others have used photography as a stage on which to perform, and how figures from Cindy Sherman and Hannah Wilke to Marcel Duchamp and Samuel Fosso have used photography to explore identity.”
Since I cannot visit the Museum, I enjoyed watching two short videos about the show. Hope that you view both. Click here to read more about the exhibition and view the films.
A quick summary of the videos:
Short One: Curator Simon Baker talks about the relationship between performance and photography through a few works seen in the show. Runs 4:32 minutes.
Short Two: Swedish artist Romain Mader explains the origin of his current work. Mader says, “It’s better to pose myself and be the main character in my work. There is an irony and vulnerability – it is awkward to look at that.” Runs 4:04 minutes.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.
If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.