Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Call It Your Own!

Useful Link:
This is a very useful link for those of us who like to take a look at monumental sites around the world without leaving our comfy chairs. It will give you a Panoramic view of the site. You just need to open a free account and then you search the site you want. I just learned about this website through a graduate seminar I am taking this semester; The Islamic City. The site is part of UNESCO's project to preserve world heritage sites. 1001wonders.org : World Heritage sites in panophotographies - immersive and interactive panoramic images.

I am preparing a presentation for tomorrow on Peter Henry Emerson and Photography. He has many contradictory statements; each individual statement makes sense only when you read it alone but the combination of them in an essay becomes very confusing. I will end this post with one of Emerson's many statements, but perhaps the most positively confident one. Most of these statements are hints to Photographers; a very early attempt to establish photography as a worthy Art.

"Do not talk of Rembrandt pictures, there was but one Rembrandt. Light your own pictures as best as you can and call them your own." (Emerson( 1856-1936), Hints on Art)

Pond In Winter, by Peter Henry Emerson, 1888


Anonymous said...

Emerson was a complex guy but definitely had brilliant ideas (like encouraging readers to get out of their chairs and go to the British Museum to see and study artworks with their own eyes). Post your presentation notes. I'd love to see what you are thinking.

مسعود said...

سلام دوست من
از معرفی این لینک جالب ممنونم.مطلب امروز هم خواندنی بود.چه روزگاری داری تو.
باقی بقایتان

Tameshk said...

Dear Anonymous

Yes, Emerson had many breathtaking ideas. But I still think he was a better photographer than a theorist. Alfred Stieglitz writings on Photography and Emerson taught me more about Emerson's ideas that Emerson's own writing. I may post my presentation here on Tameshk; but I am a bit careful not to bore people with long posts.

Masoud Jan
That link is very nice; the world heritage site is not complete yet I cannot wait to see more of Istanbul there. But the site has a good overview of Esfahan and Safavid Monuments.