References for conference presentation Berlin 30th October 2014
Derek Trillo MA ARPS
‘[architectural photography]…the craven image, a lifeless piece of flattering deception foisted on an unsuspecting public by an unholy alliance of architect, photographer and art editor’ (Elwall 1991 quoting Tom Picton, p 63)
Reference to Tom Gunning’s ongoing dialogue with the ‘truth claim’ of photography:
To represent “truth”, it must resemble the object it represents, which is not an inevitable characteristic of an index. (Gunning 2004)
”…photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again,” (Bourdieu 1996, p 136, paraphrasing Henri Cartier-Bresson)
‘…in order to catch another layer of reality and not to render the real idealistic.’ (Meireis 2012).
I have had my proposed paper Yet Still, it Moves: How Can Still Images Represent a Temporal World? (see an earlier blog post) accepted for this conference in Berlin (October 2014). I’m really looking forward to the conference and to visit Berlin for the first time.
To produce an alternative to conventional architectural photography: one that will show presence and movement within the built environment, over a period of time. It is intended that the resultant images will be of value for research within the architectural design process.
I anticipate that my research will investigate questions relating to:
The depiction of temporality in still photography.
The nature of ‘stills’ photography, i.e. the perception of movement in still images.
The reasons why architectural photography has altered little in the last eighty years.
The evidential value of images constructed over time and the viewer’s perception of their validity.
The assumption that record photography (e.g. within the fields of architecture, museums and archaeology) is produced without interpretation or creativity, with minimal input from the photographer.
I am interested in networking with other researchers who address similar debates, and/or those whose artistic practice aims to inform the design process of the built environment.