russell higgs

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monday 02102006

something weird has been going on with my camera these past few days. My pictures are coming out with a bit of a soft focus on them. It is a mystery, but it has lead me to thinking a little bit about this project and the context of being here on shutterchance amongst people who generally seem to be really into the whole technique of photography.

This project, its not someting I think about too much. I just do it. Thats not to say that I'm not open to learning about photography. But I don't really think about it in terms of photography. For me my camera and my computer are devices which enable me to capture and share IDEAS. Fundamentally I'm currently concerned with ideas regarding self ownership, purpose and existential absurdity. I'm not going to articulate this clearly, but in a sense this isn't about photographs, its about me. It is Automorphism, a transhumanist artform. The pictures are extensions of myself, aspects of myself.

I'll have to think about this some more another day and I'll try and articulate it better. The oats are starting to drop off my face into my lap and I need to go clear up.

monday 02102006

something weird has been going on with my camera these past few days. My pictures are coming out with a bit of a soft focus on them. It is a mystery, but it has lead me to thinking a little bit about this project and the context of being here on shutterchance amongst people who generally seem to be really into the whole technique of photography.

This project, its not someting I think about too much. I just do it. Thats not to say that I'm not open to learning about photography. But I don't really think about it in terms of photography. For me my camera and my computer are devices which enable me to capture and share IDEAS. Fundamentally I'm currently concerned with ideas regarding self ownership, purpose and existential absurdity. I'm not going to articulate this clearly, but in a sense this isn't about photographs, its about me. It is Automorphism, a transhumanist artform. The pictures are extensions of myself, aspects of myself.

I'll have to think about this some more another day and I'll try and articulate it better. The oats are starting to drop off my face into my lap and I need to go clear up.

comments (6)

  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2006, 14:36
We need to know what came home in the Mr Jessop goody bag Russell?
russell higgs: I KNEW you'd ask. Someone leant me a camcorder and I needed to get a firewire for it.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2006, 15:03
Yes, you know I need know these things. I'm glad it's was not some fancy camera, it would so slow your workflow down while you mastered it. I didn't feel you were rambling, I thought you put your point accross very articulately for all to understand.
russell higgs: As I was placing the bag on my head you popped into my mind asking me what was in it.

I was wondering if Jessops is international. Will Nev recognise them.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2006, 15:50
Just been on the Jessop's web site, their store locator only mentions UK - Ireland - Europe, he may not have a clue Russell.
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 2 Oct 2006, 16:27
hi russell... since there is very little difference in the settings on each shot, i'm wondering if the "soft-focus" could be resulting from a bit of hair gel or other goo on your lens? who knows what products you get into...

i like your description of the project ("automorphism" sent me on a bit of a loop, but i think i get it). i often feel unable to comment because the IDEA comes in non-verbally, hence, no words. each pic is more than just hilarious, or heart-breaking, or utterly exposing. i just don't have the words. it's sort of like how i feel when i watch your bathtub film... like something is being transmitted from the outer limits, and my tuner is picking up truth, but some sort of language must exist in order to say how it impacts! now i'm rambling incoherently... hope this gets there somehow. thanks for your work, russell.
russell higgs: Thanks very much for your comment Shanti.

I've wondered if it might be something on the lens. I'll have a look.

Automorphism is defined as "art as being", where living itself is the medium.
  • Barb
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Oct 2006, 16:52
I find those nails above you a bit disturbing...not sure why.
russell higgs: its funny, i've never wanted anything in the background of these images. Nonetheless the screws and the holes usually do get in shot. They kind of belong there now, like a supporting cast.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 3 Oct 2006, 00:00
russell looking forward to more of your commentaries on your art. I know the camera is just one of your tools but it is a very important one. i think it would be great if you could get some funding for your work so you could have tools to extend the life of your work. I say this as i think your work doesn't get a wide enough audience. A camera with more pixels may mean printing your work to poster size and having it exhibited. I am not sure if you want that longevitiy of your work or whether you like the disposabalility of the medium.

To me your work show that individualism cannot be oppressed. We are living in strange times where governments, companies and media organisation are trying to shape us and try and make us have a collective mentality. And sometimes there are bright shining lights that show that we rise above. keep up the good work russell.

As for jessops i think i have heard the name but only because my brother was in the uk for a number of years. Otherwise i have never made it over that side of the world. new shiney screw too russell.

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