The Digital Eye

“The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Digital Age” by Sylvia Woolf makes key points about the development of photography. In the beginning of the text, Woolf discusses the transition from analog to digital forms of media and art. This topic was interesting because our next assignment in digital media involves taking photographs with a Canon Rebel T5 DSLR camera. In terms of photography, the analog would involve taking pictures with a film camera that transfers light onto the film medium, providing a “likeness” of the subject. However, our digital camera transforms the light into “algorithms and codes” which removes the trace of the subject in the digital medium and is something to consider for our assignment.
Another intriguing point that Woolf mentions is the immediacy of digital imagery. As technology has advanced, the speed and accessibility of photography has expanded dramatically. Through this reading, I realized that photography has allowed the artist to instantly capture their world, manipulate it, and share it for the whole world to see. Thus, in our assignment, I will be taking pictures of landscapes and indoor spaces. These spaces will be manipulated using Photoshop in order to create a sense of a “real” area and a “fantastic” area.


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