Transformations and Convergences: The Tectonic Plates of Photography

Scott, Grant (2016) Transformations and Convergences: The Tectonic Plates of Photography. Viewbook Online Journal.

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Abstract

For many years when photographers approached me for advice as to how they should develop, progress and evolve their work, portfolios and careers my response was the same. It was a response based upon an established process of commissioning, that understood the role of the photographer, their skills, their experience and their motivations. But that was then and this is now. Digital innovations, software developments, an increase in broadband width and availability, Wi-Fi, smartphones, tablets, digital platforms, moving image functionality in stills cameras; the list of changes to a photographer’s practice goes on and on and on. But what does this all mean? How has it impacted on what we perceive to be the role of the professional photographer and how we are perceived? And perhaps more importantly how have professional photographers adapted and evolved their practices in response to these transformations and redefined the role of the professional photographer in 2016? Of course there is no one answer to any of these questions and I hope that the days when people were looking for an all compassing solution are now finally over. But where are we today? Well, let me try to bring some understanding and context to all of these questions and concerns.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Art and Design > Photography
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Grant Scott
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 15:23
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 20:09
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4481

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