Object-oriented photography: A speculative essay on the photography of essence

Ryan, Bob ORCID: 0000-0003-3855-9048 and Price, Alison (2021) Object-oriented photography: A speculative essay on the photography of essence. Philosophy of Photography, 12 (1-2). pp. 129-147. doi:10.1386/pop_00051_1

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In this article, we discuss the insights object-oriented ontology (OOO) offers in understanding the photographic process. Following Kant’s distinction between noumena and phenomena and Heidegger’s Geviert, Harman’s OOO focuses on the real versus sensory aspects of all objects of experience. In our analysis, we explore its implications for intentionality, signification and revelation in photography. OOO locates being within all objects and stands in opposition to the post-Cartesian correlationism influential in the continental tradition. In Heidegger’s terms, the still camera exhibits both presence and readiness at hand. However, this readiness at hand is so ubiquitous that it is easy to overlook what makes it unique amongst the tools at our disposal. We argue that in the field of visual experience, the camera does what Kant believed impossible. It has the potential to reduce epistemic loss and transform the phenomenology of conscious experience into the noumenology of non-conscious awareness of the real object.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Derrida; emergence; Harman; Heidegger; intention; object-oriented ontology; speculative realism
Subjects: T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2023 15:26
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 09:47
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/12340

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