The Index in Digital Photography

In my last post, I identified the index as a sign with a physical connection to its referent; which in photography theory is generally thought to be the imprint of light left on light-sensitive material.  I also noted that for many theorists – Roland Barthes chief amongst them – this physical connection to the referent is the defining, or essential, quality of photography.  What then is to be made of the numerous claims that digital photography does not share this essential quality? Continue reading

Let us Begin

Starting a new blog is a little like starting a new sketchbook.  There is an odd reluctance to make the first mark, to draw the first line or commit the first thoughts to words.  There is pressure, or perhaps desire, for it to be perfect; to be an effective front page that sets the tone of what is to follow.  And each one is a promise.  A promise that this first impression will be followed by more, will build to create something substantial. Continue reading