MAS110 Photo Essay
Ben Ryan - 42890500
'Lights in Anticipation of Dark'
It is the intention of this photo essay that streetlights be represented as a silent army, standing tall and waiting patiently to resist the onslaught of darkness. Framing images such that streetlights stand against an intimidating backdrop of darkening sky, and also the use of computer editing and appropriate music, allowed the generally unremarkable objects to be endowed with epic qualities.
The presentation of the photos in this essay, and their subject matter, are in line with the ‘shift in the engagement with the everyday image’; a shift that, according to Murray (2008) has given birth to a new type of photography that she dubs ‘ephemera’ (p.147, 155). This photo essay should be recognised as falling into this new category as it attempts to ‘locate beauty in the mundane’ through the artistic presentation of the usually unremarkable objects (Murray, 2008, p.155). Furthermore, it should be acknowledged that the insignificance of the objects would normally have been emphasised by the time of day at which the photos were taken, i.e. while it was still light out, but the use of computer editing and music reversed this, giving the lights more life than they perhaps would in the dark, further aligning the essay with the thoughts of Murray.
Murray, S 2008, 'Digital Images, Photo-Sharing and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics', Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 7, no. 2, July, pp. 147-163.