Friday, October 12, 2012

Photo Essay 

Mundane Moments: Drinks We Drink

Bryce Gleeson & Hamish Chapman

Phones, a culture has developed in which people take and collect images of objects and events from their everyday lives and share them using online social media. Susan Murray suggests that photography is no longer only used for immortalising special moment’s in one’s life, but is more frequently used for the “immediate, rather fleeting display and collection of one’s discovery of the small and mundane”.[1] This is clearly reflected in the theme and subtheme of our photo essay, ‘Mundane Moments – Drinks we Drink’. Our photo essay comprises of different things we drank in the past few weeks, referencing the now common practice of sharing photographs of food and drinks that we now see all over Facebook, Flickr and other social media. The theme of drinks relates to the idea of the everyday aesthetic in that it captures a highly mundane and fleeting event (or non-event); drinks are consumed within a few moments, and we would rarely stop to think about or observe the process of drinking. In keeping with Murray’s concept, photographing drinks also has autobiographical references. Furthermore our photo essay creates a compilation of these unspectacular moments, rather than a narrative. For this reason the photos are not arranged in any chronological order and were not edited to resemble one another. To exhibit 24 pictures in 30 seconds required quite a fast progression through the images, which we matched with upbeat music and made smoother through the use of transition effects. The final product reflects both the idea of the everyday aesthetic and the contemporary culture of sharing our day-to-day lives through digital photography.

[1] Murray, S 2008, ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics’, Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 7, no. 2, p. 147

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