Ubiquitous Photography: Lecture Notes

Ubiquitous Photography
  • Digital images are ubiquitous in daily life in advanced capitalist societies
  • This has transformed the way we create visual culture and perform cultural events
    • Events, activities, moments, objects are captured and distributed
  • Now the question arises: how did this happen?
Thinking about photographic practise
  • Volume vs time vs space
    • How many photos are being taken?
    • Where and how do we access them?
    • These both grow over time – we have more ways to access photos, they travel across further distances, and more and more photos are being taken
    • Example of Kodak Polaroid photos versus digital selfies
Digital Photos
  • Have changed our relationship with photography
    • Changed the landscape
    • Standardization of how photos are created and circulated
  • Distinguishes between
    • Private and public
    • Important and mundane
    • Amateur and professional
    • Personal and ubiquitous
      • Are these categories that clear anymore? Hypothesis: they have become blurred overtime with new digital technologies
  • Making > Taking > Storing > Sharing > Viewing
    • What is making and taking?
      • Staging verus actually taking the photo
      • Making – maybe before and after the taking?
      • This emerges with the Digital affordances of being able to edit photos before uploading them
Effects of Ubiquitous Photography
  • Hand talks about ubiquitous photography standardizing the visual landscape while increasing the visual landscape
    • Selfie Face chart as an example
      • Standardized ways to make your face look for photographs
      • Abu Ghraib example
Application: Platform case study
  • Platform: Instagram
  • Attributes:
    • Interactivity – social – likes, comments
    • Temporal structure – asynchronous (algorithm changes)
    • Social cues – more likely to interact to seeing a face or a person you know –
    • Storage – long storage period, easily accessible
    • Replicability – Low replicability, not easily shared to other platforms

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