Photos: Staring Onward
by Beauchamp Art
Photos taken whilst making a short film, scrolling endlessly through Tumblr; a sea of images and information, impressed upon the individual, juxtaposed to the traditional learning environment of a Library.
The three images selected relate to the iconography and composition used in the field, using the obscuring media of the screen and the depth of field of the camera in order to generate images; that are somewhat aesthetically pleasing, creating something visual to speak to and about a visual culture. The images on the screen are intended to further the themes of overwhelming amounts of information, such as the search results of the ‘Infinity’ tag on Tumblr, and other images.
However, this could be seen as too obvious a connection, and simply setting the digital screen-based images against the books of the library may have been enough; the figure, too, may seem unnecessary, as the figure of the audience is implicitly included. Though it does create a dialogue between the layers of books, figure and screen; commenting on the computer user and traditional/new learning environments, they are not necessarily the most successful works, as they can be two quickly read, and to readily dismissed. They embody the passive consumption of images a bit too directly. The audience should be shown, rather than told. These may be too explicit, and do not leave much room for the audience to draw their own conclusions. Hence the brevity of this selection.
The title rather obvious relates to the idea of the viewer staring at a screen, though placing it in conjunction with onward was intended to infer something wider coming from the digital environment through its perception. (It also stems from a lyric from A Looming Resonance by the band Wolves in the Throne Room; ‘Staring onwards, time stands still’)