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June 3, 2013
Exploded Ontography
The photography of Todd McLellan
In Alien Phenomenology, I discuss exploded views as one example of ontography, the cataloguing of being. Most exploded views are technical diagrams rather than, but some are aesthetic compositions that can be quite striking. Now there's a whole book full of the latter kind. The Canadian photographer Todd McLellan dismantles ...
December 3, 2012
A Machine That Makes Cameras: The Aesthetics of the Lytro
An image taken with a Lytro camera is not really an image, but a machine capable of producing many possible renditions.
August 21, 2012
Images of Things
A quick image litanizer
You may be familiar with my Latour Litanizer, a simple example of what I call "carpentry" in Alien Phenomenology. It uses Wikipedia's API to assemble randomized lists of objects of the sort I refer to as "Latour Litanies." If you've read Alien Phenomenology, you may also remember a related example, ...
March 19, 2012
Plenoptic Photography
First image out of my Lytro
I just received my Lytro lightfield camera. It's the first commercialized plenoptic camera, which is an optical device with an array of lenses to capture a scene at multiple focal points. There's a lot of terrible rhetoric in the tech and electronics communities about this camera, claiming that it will ...
January 8, 2012
Robert Jackson's DSCOOOO1.jpg Project
At the O-Zone Journal
The new O-Zone journal has a section called OO Frequency, for content that takes a form other than writing. A while ago they posted my short video for OOOIII, Seeing Things, which deals with the photographer Garry Winogrand and the website Dear Photography. More recently, they've posted a lovely new ...
October 6, 2011
The Illusion of a Literal Description
Garry Winogrand, circa 1974
Tod Papageorge shared with me a talk Garry Winogrand gave at MIT in 1974, which he (Papageorge) introduced. An audio recording from the University of California Riverside's archive captures much of the lively question and answer period, which included a wealth of fantastic material. Here are two of my favorites: ...
October 5, 2011
A Photograph is a Photograph
Tod Papagorge on the Ontology of Photography
Apropos of two of Levi's recent posts about materialism and fictions, I thought I'd share this excerpt from an interview with photographer Tod Papageorge. He's responding to a question about the need for photography to have a moral responsibility, something Susan Sontag had suggested. It's always been puzzling to me ...
September 15, 2011
Seeing Things
My talk at the Third Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium
Here's my short talk from the Third Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium (Sept 14, The New School), on the photography of Garry Winogrand. As I've already mentioned here, I had to miss the symposium because I was in China, so I submitted this short video instead of giving a presentation in person. ...
September 14, 2011
Seeing Things
Video and transcript of my talk at the Third Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium
November 8, 2009
Barred Ronald
Is there a Lacanian matheme for this? ...
July 15, 2009
Pragmatic Speculative Realism
A stake in the ground
Even though we didn't really talk much about philosophy, after visiting Graham Harman in Cairo two weeks ago, I was reenergized to think about philosophy in general and speculative realism in particular. In the short time since, a number of friendly bonfires have flared up around the web, most of ...
June 9, 2008
Resisting the Membership Economy
Photography, Flickr, and Me
As regular readers may have noticed, I have an interest in photography. I've started a photography section on this website, where you can view some of the photographs I have taken. Right now I've added galleries for Objects, Places, and People, as well as a photo project I'm slowly working ...
May 19, 2008
Safe to Collapse
Using the collapsible Elmar-M 50mm f/2.8 on the Leica M8
As I've discussed before, one of the main ideas behind the 35mm rangefinder camera was its small size and subsequent portability. Since their beginning 80 years ago, Leica cameras have often been coupled to collapsible lenses. The early production Leicas in the 20s and 30s were all designed for a ...
April 20, 2008
Technical Evolution and Creative Constraint
The vices and virtues of selective color shift at high ISO in the Sigma DP1
One of the problems with digital SLRs is their large footprint. Not only the size and weight of the camera, but also that of the lens attached to it, especially for serious photographers interested in large apertures and high-quality glass. This is an issue that affects professionals and amateurs alike, ...
August 8, 2007
Time for games to grow up
In order to mature properly, videogaming not only needs a Citizen Kane moment; it needs a little humdrum too
June 18, 2007
How to use the Leica M8 with Apple Aperture
Free software to make Aperture understand your M8, and to automate imports
Download for Mac OS X 152 kb - Mac OS X 10.4+ Apple Aperture is a digital photography post-production tool for Mac. Apple bills it as a professional-grade product on par with Final Cut for video or Logic Pro for audio. Digital camera technology advances quickly, espeically at the ...