Although I have always been a fan of Ed Burtinsky, last night I gained a whole new respect for him. His lifetime series Manufactured Landscapes has been of intrest to me since high school and it seems every year he adds more brilliant photos to the series.
Tonight in my class we watched his documentary, I had seen the first 30 min of the movie numerous times but had never really got past that. As I continued watching I found myself getting emotional about what I was seeing on the screen. Its possibly because he was interviewing old people (every time I see an old person it makes me sad) or maybe it was because he was showing me something that I had never seen before. Now I know that most people would not be interested in watching this movie but if your ever board and have absolutely nothing to do please consider watching this movie. Its somewhat captivating and you get to learn about our world in a different way.
“How Does Photography Relate To Memory And The Cultural Archive?”
I feel that photography directly relates to the cultural archive, in that it successfully captures a precise moment in time in which a person/society can relate to. Since photography communicates the “present” so well it plays a key role in documenting historic and personal memories. Unlike pervious methods of documenting time (ie. painting or drawing) the medium of photography has captured undeniable truth through out the decades.
Photography’s ability to capture cultural discourse has perhaps been one of the most important uses for the medium. Our society has used photography to capture the building of cities, civil movements, technological advances, war and peace. Yet, these are only a few of the world changing events photography has witnessed. In the early years of the medium, it was used to educate children and adults about foreign lands, people and culture around the world. Although there were drawings of these places and things, the real objects had never been seen. Photography allowed our society to experience things they had never witnessed before. Now our culture is able to look back on the photographic documentation of these events and in a way, experience them. The manifestation of photography in society has expanded the cultural archive by witnessing events of our past, and documenting them in a way that we can review them through out time.
Our personal memories are also greatly influenced by the photographic medium. Take for example a photograph of someone who has passed on. Although at first we still remember the person’s qualities, the way they laughed, the tone of their voice, the smell of their perfume, over time we slowly forget the traits we once loved. A photograph then serves as a visual momentum of that person. With just one look of the photograph all of those memories come flooding back. But how does a photograph do that? A photograph does this because it has captured the inner personality and the ultimate “truth” of that person, and serves as an agent of there identity.
Although there have been many advances in the photographic technology, the same uses still stand. With one snap of the shutter we can capture moments and memories that can be preserved for centuries.
I really really wanna have some sort of get-together in which our apartment doesn’t get trashed. I mean, its not like I know a lot of people who would come to my place and trash it anyway but I’m just sayin I wanna have a party with finger food and cocktails not beer and beer. Ya know? BUT I need more art for the walls first. I feel like our apartment is missing some homely touches such as art and fancy pillows.
On a different note, when did I become so god damn popular with people. People in my classes ask me to chill, my friends ask me to chill, my family asks me to chill, people from work ask me to chill. An I wanna but thats a lot of chilling and not a lot of time for SCHOOL. I have been bombarded with a SHITLOAD of projects. Not to mention I HAVE to work. Like HAVE to. I am going to be spending a shitload of money on projects so I need to get on it.