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Susan Glover

Photography and the Black Art [Printmaking]

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Is photogrammic a word?

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Apparently it is. Not exactly a textbook definition for photograms, but with a parallel history to photography dating back to the 19th century, photogrammetry measures ‘the distance between two points that lie on a plane parallel to the photographic image plane’ (thank you Wikipedia).

So, photogrammic would be anything to do with using a photograph to measure that distance … I think? Instead of a way to describe the alternative nature of current experiments in making images in a darkroom without a camera, it might be a way to describe the three years of postgraduate study coming to a close; the distance between the photograph made before and the photograph made after.

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Sycamore bark: Photogram (silver gelatin print)

The journey has been a significant and insightful one. At this moment, it is a still place on an ocean of quiet. A place to look from into the currents below and think on which one to catch. OK. Enough with the watery metaphors! There’s lots of things to do; catch up on writing (posts and pieces), prepare for future events, and –unbelievably– buy a new sketchbook. Six years of groaning about having to keep a sketchbook to record practice-based progression and now –when I don’t have to– I’m off to buy my favourite soft cover journals to start a new one!

Photogram or Photo Mapping?

Back to photogrammetry. One application is the ‘process of making surveys and maps through the use of photographs, especially aerial photographs’.1 Not too far off then from the conceptual underpinning to A Perfect Alibi (unintentional at the time); the last images I made for a final MA project. An exploration of place, trace, and cartography. Or … a photogrammic series made in complete darkness measuring something. You decide.

Footnotes

 

  1. Drones and the Photogrammetry Process: Understanding the Basics

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