Time Flux photo portrait – Caryatid

flux photo – portrait,

Time Flux Photo – Portrait Time,

Time’s fleeting arrow,

in flux,

forms a portrait:

 

Caryatid.

Effigy

Effigy.

Close up

Close up.

Miniatures

Miniatures.

 

Abergavenny abstract –

Arches.

Bad neighbours

Building –

Design Doors Gate.

Good neighbours

Landscape Miscellany.

nature Pillar Portals

Reblog Reflections

 

Sculpture shadows,

Signs Skyline,

skyscape Stone heads.

Storage Street life – Uncategorized vista,

Walk water Whimsy Window.

Sources & Inspiration

 

To begin with, how I came to be running amok with Caryatids and other imagery – it is Christopher Lovegrove’s fault. Chris has two blogs, Calmgrove (Literature & Culture) and My New Shy (photography) . While checking out some of his recent photography posts, I was in the process of commenting on the post, Caryatid, when I noticed that the list of blog categories formed a set of imagist lines, found poetry.

I set out to copy the words & construct a sequence, I ended up acquiring some extra text from the blog post. For some reason, these words doubled up, a Dadaist gift.  I had recently posted one of my visual pieces on Twitter, “flux – portrait “, and hashtag title set off the opening lines of this piece. Besides incorporating a screen capture from Chis’ post, I reworked a number of own compositions to illustrate the lines. I also used some images from Flikr Commons  

Arc de Diane, Cahors- 1891

pg 198 – The general catalogue of Jacobson-co (1915)

Abergavenny, Holy Mountain 1890 – 1900.

Female Caryatid statue -Henry Hering 1919

 

clock faces

I grabbed a screenshot of part of this blog. It included a segment of my Twitter Feed , which shows up on the blog as a photo grid. The segment included the post, Two Sisters, Two Friends ,from Katherine Griffiths’s blog, Photobooth Journal.

I processed the image, blending it with abstracts that were created using some of my oven pan shots. My browser has a steampunk theme, hence the clock & rusted graphics that are incorporated into the composition. The clock-face, faces, distorted text, and mixed textures becomes a spiral of passing time & memory.

The composition is an example of the Necro-media principle – Mass Media will consume other mass media for content & context. In this case, a digital reproduction a photobooth portrait passes through Katherine’s blog to her Twitter feed , and then is re-tweeted on my feed.

The screenshot of part of my blog then becomes content for the composition. Mass Media is captured, devoured/processed as new content in another form, and then becomes content for still another media form, when the new composition becomes part of another blog post. If/when this blog post becomes part of a tweet, it becomes content.

Social Media turns it into the  Ouroboros , devouring itself in a spiralling cycle of re-tweets, shares, memes, blog posts, mentions, likes, and shares. Memory and context constantly being reconstructed & re-imagined in new forms & new meaning. Those elderly ladies sitting together in that photobooth, some 40-50 plus years ago, never imagined that their memento would traverse time, space, multiple mass media –  becoming part of an implied space of mass media technology, changing social norms, and art.

Ouroboros eats

tale – regurgitates self,

meaning memory.

faces in the library

 

 

the lady observes a poem

in the faces

of

those fellow lives

occupying the library –

 

we all keep

shifting s(h)elves,

our narratives

slipping from fact to fiction,

blending genres

in the phrases

of  our  lives.

 

 

This piece arose as a response to  Claudia McGill’s poem & art post, Participants in the Parade Present Themselves. My accompanying images  are from posts on my Dark Pines Photo blog.  Clicking the images will open those posts in new tabs.

 

Implied Spaces – Media Experiment

I tried  a little mass media-blogging experiment. As a consequence of playing with the blog system here are my present top posts.

The Needle on The Oil

Red Letters: Memories of You

Magazine Cover & Book Spine Poem: Traveling with The Dead

Corner Shot

The Dadaist Detective and the Curious Case of the Asemic Arsonist

Mail From the Borderlands: Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises?

All About Implied Spaces

Book Spine Poetry: Strange Doings

Broken Folklore: Glouyeinshire Tales

River Metamorphosis

 

Some of these posts go back to 2014 ( I remember when that was once perceived  as considerably far enough in the future to be a setting for a Speculative Fiction narrative), if you missed out on any of these, you may wish to take a look. For those of you who have seen the posts, I include some new compositions based on screen capture of a blog post ( pedalling faster ), scanography, and some digital photos of the family TV screen. 

I also have a couple of questions  about blog layouts and reading habits related to blog posts. I have included to a musical component to the blog to make the whole process of reading the blog more enjoyable.

 

 

Blogs include a range of components, depending of the content and intended target audience.  Some of these components reflect the social media aspect of blogging. Besides likes and comments, many bloggers will include My Community, Recent comments, Top Posts & Pages, and Recent Posts Visited & Liked by the blogger. These specific components of a blog’s layout demonstrate the blogger’s activity in producing and interacting with the blogging community. It also provides a structure that invites/encourages others to participate in the shared social experience of blogging.

Further components enable a viewer to explore the blog based on related subjects by using Categories and Tags ( presented as lists/clouds ). The blog can also be explored through searches and an archival search/listing. The viewer can often interact through comments that  go back a number of months or even years.

 

Pondering all this left me wondering about the effectiveness of these components.  I also began considering how the expansion of digital devices has altered how blog posts are being accessed.  Recently WordPress made changes to the Editor & Reader to accommodate a growing audience that are using digital tablets & phablets , as well as phones and laptops. Many were not happy with these changes, especially those “old school” desktop bloggers who found that the new touch-screen interfaces & layouts were less friendly when trying to use a desktop screen & keyboard.  They also noticed that the Reader’s new layout, designed to be more friendly to a Touch-screen Tablet was more effective at presenting specific type of content –  posts with more than three images and posts with longer pieces of prose text  were presented more clearly.

This is actually an example of mass media  technology subtly shifting into a new medium.   It is subtle because the technological advances do not initially appear to either the creator/producer or the target audience to be a change in media; the changes are seen as enhancements, but still considered the same medium.  Moving from radio to television is an obvious change from one medium to another, as is going from photography to cinematography.   Changing from black and white to colour photography/cinematography/television is a change in media. Moving from a desktop screen to a hand held touch screen is technological enhancement that alters how the viewer interacts with the media content, therefore it is a change in the type of media delivering the content. When you change the medium, you alter the message.

 

So here are the questions I have been considering – I  am hoping you will provide some feedback.

How many of these components do you include in your blog’s layout ? Why ?

Do you use any of these blog features when visiting other blogs ?  Why ?

How are you accessing blogs such as mine ?

Are differences in digital devices influencing your consumption and production of blog content ? 

Hope you enjoyed  the post and thanks for any input you may provide.