We had quite an intense discussion about translation at the Royal Festival Hall with Sheena today. There are a few layers of discussion regarding translation and photography:
1) How does the photographer’s intention translate to the viewer?
2) How does analog photography translate into digital photography?
3) Are digital and analog photography two different languages and how so?
4) Does photographer’s experience translate into viewer’s experience?
We also talked about how photography and truth, (which I will touch on later in the blog) one very interesting point being photographers dictate what goes on in their photograph. They frame a particular moment according to their interests and values, be it visual or political. Though we should not automatically assume authorship/calculation with misinformation, there is the idea of doctoring with this process.