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Image Size?

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A recent discussion with a fellow flickrnaut, about image size, has me interested to hear others thoughts and ideas on 'image size' in a web context?

293 pixels   interface

Viewing images, and by images I'm talking photography, although paintings and prints fit this idea to a certain extent too, in a gallery context for example, gives many artists a great deal of control on how the images are read by, and impact upon, the viewer. Taking them out of that context, and putting them in/on a web site, is a profoundly different process, with a potentially different outcome.

There are several variables to consider when using a web site to view images.


  • Screen Size
  • Graphics Card/resolution
  • Colour controls
  • Navigational elements within the user interface of the web page.

As a photographer, you have no control on how people, set their computer up or buy the hardware they use.

As a photographer, using sites such as flickr, you can control the maximum size displayed in the options available to you, but not the size displayed as the main size.

500 pixels   interface

My argument is this, if a fairly common resolution is 1024 x 746 pixels for the majority of monitors, why upload anything larger. As this will result in the images needing to be scrolled, thereby changing the experience of the image.

You see composition for me is the most important factors in making the decision to press the button, particularly with large cameras, such as my Hasellblad, or Linhoff Tecknika. That decision is destroyed in a screen based environment if the viewer needs to scroll to see the image, in my opinion.


1024 pixels - interface

So my question is this, is there any value in uploading large size images that while the viewer can see more detail, the image as a whole, is destroyed?

A caveat if I may, all this is based on the assumption that, people are using a computer to view your work. This problem is going to be multiplied upwards as people consume content on different devices, iPods though to plasma screen and projectors.

Interesting Project/s

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Can quality photographs be achieved by art photographers post-processing images produced by disposable cameras?

To investigate this the Pursuit Group sent 2 cams across Europe and the Americas asking its members to take photos. some reuslts were posted to flckr in this set by Casually Kristina.

The 'A Tale of 2 cities Project'. This project gets people from various parts of the the wold to send pre-exposed film to each and other and double expose the roll, and see what results.

Humour

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Or how to publish successfully, in the 21st Century.

First Edit.

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Flickr: Search concrete canvas

I have begun editing the image choices for the first issue of the e-gallery. Here's a sample of the 1st page of edits.

Questions

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gymnopedie no. 1

This image, by donina on flickr, asks several questions. Once we move beyond, the obvious, like why they the bins are there, why only 3, what has been excluded, once we move beyond, the graphic elements and the colour and the light, what is left? More questions. Questions about consumerism, questions about re-cycling, questions about beauty.

Is this enough to elevate this image to something more than mere document?

In The Begining

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This is the companion blog for altfotonet.org.

The site altfotonet.org, stemmed from a variety of ideas some of which had been brewing since 1995.

In 1995, my creative interests took a mild detour. The detour was,the web generally, over the years I watched the internet grow and change. By 2004 the web, and it's infrastructure  had changed enough to permit uploading, and viewing of images, that were being produced by the cameras that too had continued to improve. Sites like flickr, complimented these ideas.

My interests in photography, are varied, and after several years of hanging around on flickr I realised that the establishment either wasn't taking the idea of online art seriously, or just had no idea what was going on.

Meanwhile flickr had long reached critical mass and the gems were getting harder and harder to find amongst the sunsets, babies, kittens and flowers. I wanted to share and get involved in photography and photographers who were interested in more than some preconceived notion of what constituted a good photograph.

So altfotonet was born.

This blog will serve as a place to source images ideas and discussion for the site. Submissions will be discussed and new finds will be pimped here.

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