minds and bodies

In The Body and the Screen, Michele White brings up some ideas that really caught my attention:  theorizing photography and male bodies.  As someone interested in photography, I found it interesting that White theorizes that the way we view photography must change because we are no longer manipulating light, as photography is digital, and created “photographic” images no longer even use the processes of light.  I think photography has been in turmoil for a while about how to define itself in the face of the digital landscape, but theorizing about our view because of the change in our apparatus was interesting.  We no longer frame and craft, but create from scratch.  My brother frequently manipulates digital images as an animator, and whether he creates them from scratch or uses a real life image to start, and appropriately I consider them more along the lines of paintings than of photographs.  Additionally, the theorizing the male body as seditary and flabby in the face of new virtual freedom is interesting.  I think fan culture, or at leas those who ridicule fan culture have made these kinds of judgments for a while.  I think the fact that remains, is that no matter how much digital freedom we have, we are still the product of real life bodies.  Unless we think Surrogates is our next reality:


2 responses to “minds and bodies

  1. I completely agree that we are the products of real life bodies, Kimball. Even when we imagine what death is like – death being that ultimate departure, some would argue, of the mind/soul from the corporeal self – that imagination, that vision, is still produced within our own body’s framework – we can never *not* divorce ourselves from ourselves.

  2. Dammit, now I want to see a Bruce Willis movie. Aside from that, thinking about photography and the digital manipulation thereof also made me think of Dove’s Evolution campaign, and its explicit critique of the treachery of images, and how we can’t trust anything we see. There seems to be more acceptance (grudging or otherwise) of the idea of a real body that is “imperfect” and a mediated one that can be as distanced from the real body as needed for whatever purpose, but embedded in that is a sense that there is a body to compare those images to.