Philosophy

Final Major Project Posts
  • Ethics of Photography – Participation August 8, 2019 Ethics has two broad modes of definition – personal and organisational. In everyday use, the word ‘ethics’ gets used in many different ways. For example, sometimes ... Read more...
  • Ethics of Photography – Nature August 7, 2019 Whilst it is a little bit more in the background right now, I am continuing to work on the Ethics project. As a reminder, I ... Read more...
  • Deleuze, Time and Archives July 12, 2019 Gilles Deleuze is both an influential, original philosopher – and a hard one to totally ‘get’. Frankly, before the MA I had paid only passing ... Read more...
  • Cambodia Project Ethics June 17, 2019 There are several layers in any ethical discussion of photographs. I am researching new ways to address these issues, with global relevance. This includes research ... Read more...
  • Notes on Paul Martin Lester’s ‘Visual Ethics’ June 9, 2019 Preface Lester considers six philosophical ethics ideas as a way to ‘judge’ photography: Categorical imperative – Kant, role-based rules Utilitarianism – useful to the many Golden Mean – Aristotle, ... Read more...
  • FMP Week One Reflections June 9, 2019 Well, here we go. the end of the first week of Final Major Project, although (based on my CRJ writings), it does seem to have ... Read more...
  • Beauty and Utility May 27, 2019 This follows on my comments on Harmony and ‘Environmental Aesthetics‘, as well as the post on ‘What is Good‘. Perhaps my overriding point in those posts ... Read more...
  • Environmental Aesthetics May 24, 2019 I posted a short item on Facebook, as follows: Tea Okakura Kakuso, in his 1906 The Book of Tea, builds the case that a better understanding of ... Read more...
  • What is ‘Truth’? May 23, 2019 When we talk of a picture being ‘accurate’, we are using a variety of the concept of ‘truth’. Its meaning depends on the context that ... Read more...
  • What is ‘Good’? May 18, 2019 Sir William David Ross (1877 – 1971) was a Scottish philosopher who is known for his translations of Aristotle and his work in ethics. He developed a ... Read more...
Informing Contexts Posts
  • Week Twelve Reflections April 29, 2019 My practice has changed, and my understanding of photography has deepened. So, a good end to Informing Contexts. As this is also the end of ... Read more...
  • Realism and Imagination April 20, 2019 This week has been focused on completing the Critical Review. The recent Oral Presentation was well received, although I knew that for the CR, I ... Read more...
  • Marx and Aesthetics April 8, 2019 Karl Marx (1818-1883) has continued to be influential in many schools of philosophy, including aesthetics – even though he did not publish a specific treatise ... Read more...
  • Baudrillard and Simulacrum March 29, 2019 Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) wrote: ‘Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin ... Read more...
  • Charles Baudelaire March 27, 2019 Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821 – 1867) was a French poet, essayist, art critic, and a translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His work reflected the changing ... Read more...
  • Responses & Responsibilities March 16, 2019 James Elkins, in What Photography Is (2011), analyses photographs from 1905 of Lingqi, the Chinese ‘death by a thousand cuts’. (chapter 6, pg 177-220). I ... Read more...
  • And When I am Formulated, Sprawling on a Pin March 14, 2019 And I have known the eyes already, known them all, The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, And when I am formulated, sprawling on a ... Read more...
  • The Vernacular Landscape – and Intention March 2, 2019 I do not consider landscape central to my practice, though like many others who started in photography with a lot of travel images, the genre ... Read more...
  • The Explicit and the Implicit Gaze February 23, 2019 Ansel Adams famously said ‘There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.’ (Sheff Interview, 1983) There are always two gazes for every photograph, ... Read more...
  • Facts and Ethics February 12, 2019 Was chatting yesterday about Wittgenstein with a friend of mine who is a Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics at Leeds. Wittgenstein wrote, in the Tractatus, that ‘The ... Read more...
  • Week Two Reflections February 10, 2019 Whilst I am enjoying the research and writing, I admit to an increasing unease with some of the academic theories of photography. Hence my posts ... Read more...
  • Congruence February 9, 2019 In my post on Index and Icon, I noted the idea of congruence – defined when two things are in agreement, have harmony, conformity, or correspondence ... Read more...
  • Walter Benjamin – The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction February 3, 2019 Walter Benjamin’s work is refreshing, in his attempt to deal with photography as a unique medium, rather than transpose the traditions of painting and sculpture ... Read more...
  • Photography, Photographies February 3, 2019 This week’s task: Post a brief commentary below that identifies the inherent characteristics and contexts of the ‘photographic’ nature of your own practice. Specifically refer to ... Read more...
  • IC Week One Reflections February 2, 2019 It has been a good start to the new module, with a good range of intellectual content, and helpful first online discussions with Michelle and ... Read more...
  • Reflections on my Photographic Practice January 22, 2019 Robert Frank said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference”. I provided  a reasonably thorough review of my photography in my ... Read more...
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