Roland Barthes – Camera Lucida – An ultimately depressing book

mickyates Books, ContextualResearch, Critical Research Journal, Ideas, Philosophy, Photography, PositionsPractice, PPWeek2 Leave a Comment

Camera Lucida, by Roland Barthes, is an odd book. It has become a classic text on the subject – yet Barthes was not a photographer, and had little time for colour images or ‘clever theories’ from the photographer’s perspective (such as Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment’). In fact his work contains a surprising paucity of reference to other research. Barthes notes that an …

Joseph Wright of Derby

mickyates Aesthetics, Art, ContextualResearch, Critical Research Journal, Ideas, Photography, Portrait, PositionsPractice, PPWeek2 Leave a Comment

Several of my fellow students have noted painters such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt as inspirations, with their mastery of both light and compositions, delivering works of great beauty and power. Since I was a kid, growing up near Derby, I was always fascinated by Joseph Wright of Derby, wondering ‘how did he paint that’. I don’t think his work has …