When last you read this blog, I was waxing about my brilliant “signage and wayfinding for the apocalypse” and how it was met with limited enthusiasm by my peers and instructor. I even tried to froth it up a little by positing my system as part of a movie about the apocalypse rather than an aspect of the real end-of-times. That helped, but the committee was of the opinion that another of the ideas I presented, my peppy fruit juice and special photography plan, held greater potential.
I had worked out ways to cause fruits and vegetables to glow with a mysterious, healthful energy and proposed to build a thesis around using these photographic techniques to sell an organic, caffeine-bearing juice drink of my invention. While the committee was only luke-warm on the peppy fruit juice, they were (to my surprise) kinda gob-smacked by the techniques. This glowing raspberry seemed to particularly blow their minds.
“You know what?” they asked rhetorically, “Screw the peppy fruit juice. You should just write us a book about your experimental photographic techniques. You’re making–what is it? Vegetable angioplasty?”
“Vegetative Angiography using bio-luminescent reactants,” I corrected.
“Whatever. That is strange and unique and you should just have fun with that.”
And so a group of my respected peers folded their respective arms and nodded their approval for my whack-ass picture taking. I suppose it might have been possible to moor me from the ankles, but I floated about the place for the rest of the day. I love experimental photography! I mean, there’s photography that pretends to freeze that which is already perceivable in the manner in which it is perceivable, and then there is a kind of photography that squeezes and / or stretches time and / or space to make visible that which normally ain’t, and I’m a fan of the latter. The sort of photography that pleases me best is the sort that makes a familiar thing strange and new.
Tune in next week when I’ll tell you more about the experimental photography book I’m writing / designing / illustrating / photographing and holy oh my god that sounds like a lot of work.