Image-making as a transformational process

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dianne McGhee Delaney (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: In any process of image-making subjective analysis will oftentimes necessitate some consideration, either intentional or subconscious, to dualism, or the philosophical theory which examines the manner in which sensory activity interacts with physical environment. I have made no attempt to discover or explain how this interaction takes place; I merely wish to state that its existence has been given considerable attention in regard to both the formal and the conceptual characteristics of the photographs. The images themselves, having evolved through certain physical and intellectual stages, emerge as the new reality which has resulted from a linking of the two worlds. The stages which comprise this transformational process are the pre-visual, the synthesis, and the post-visual, the latter of which is by far the most important. The pre-image stage is the temporal and conditional situation wherein the artist, who has placed himself within sensory reach of a segment of his environment, chooses those objects which he wishes to appear within the dimensional limits of his film and possibly his print. His subject matter is real - it is not a product of memory or fantasy, and its presence is imperative in order for a recording of light to be made. The discipline of seeing is practiced here, particularly if an unaltered representation of the image is the desired goal, yet also when the function of the image lies somewhere within the framework of a new, two dimensional image created in the darkroom by the artist himself.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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