Tuesday, November 29, 2005

catching up with camera toss

Mentioned I was behind blogging developments, so attempting to catch up with a large post. Several people have sets I want to announce. Also, Camera Toss itself is evolving and finding where it fits in the realms of art, photography, documentary, and the universe?


A Matt Groening Tribute Series by _nod

Originally uploaded by _nod.

Originally uploaded by _nod (31 images total)
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_Nod is really good at making sure we keep a whimsical perspective on all this. Being a Matt Groening, Simpsons, and Futurama fan myself, this set had me ROLLING in laughter as I watched the slideshow. TV's and computer monitors make an infinitely variable subject for this technique, as you can control what images they display. Great for tributes such as this. And with just a fling of his camera, _nod has transformed the static images on the television into wonderful popular culture art! It's even appealing to me, despite the fact I have a general dislike for television and most of its' programming!

Christmas Light Tossing by ScaTTicuS_FinCHeM

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Originally uploaded by ScaTTicuS_FinCHeM.

Originally uploaded by ScaTTicuS_FinCHeM (34 images total)
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We will no doubt see alot more of these holiday sets. Winter is here and so are the holiday decorations! Absolutely irresistable to throw your camera around them!

Christmas Tree Tosses by Corgi_T

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Tis the season for kinetic photography! Addictive indeed, even I have a photo set in the works of unplanned holiday light tossings.


Disclaimer, the following section represents a teeny bit of my rambling, just my humble opinions about camera tossing and even art. I don't attempt to claim everyone, or even all the camera tossers can agree with this perspective, nor should they. If you don't like discourse like this, don't read it. ;-)

I've done very little expounding on what I feel "Camera Toss" is all about online, which is probably good because everyone has their own opinion on this, and their own reasons for viewing results or using this technique. But one thing is for sure, if it was as simple as "see what a thrown camera looks like", we would have done it once, and never looked back. Obviously that is not the case.

We at the camera toss community on flickr have struggled defining what it is we indeed are doing since it has become obvious it is not just for thrills or sport. We finally made some headway after we discussed what we liked about all this, and settling on a name for it, a relatively unexplored genre became obvious, and of course, my next flickr community was born...

Kinetic Photography, a missing chapter in the sphere of kinetic art (wikipedia)? Hyperkinetic photography (hyperkinesis on dict.org) happens all the time, since hyperkinesis has to do with motion and kinetics from muscular action, anyone who has played with moving your camera around during shooting has explored this effect. But what about kinetic motion of the camera documented through a photograph without that animate or a mechanized influence? Restricting influence to just 'natural' kinetics, say physics? Camera Toss! And more broadly when the natural motion is not specifically an airborne camera, moving but not in a mechanical or hyperkinetic way: Kinetic Photography. Not just photography having a kinetic aspect, but photography about kinetics!

Admittedly the phrase itself is not a new term, but typically applied to describe photography or cinematography that has a kinetic feel or deliberate motion to affect the resulting image of a familiar subject. With Camera Toss, and now a hundred other kinetic photography experiments I can imagine, the dominant subject tends to be the kinetic event and motion itself! Neat stuff. It is amazing what can come out of the practice of giving yourself a rigid set of criteria, and then just exploring every aspect within that tiny realm.

When the trained eye of a camera tosser turns to other realms of kinetic motion, equally wonderful things happen! Phrenophile was one of the first to post non-tossed kinetics in the new flickr group I just created, so judge for yourself...

Originally uploaded by phrenophile.


So here is another interesting development, one that I feel strikes a chord with what i've just been talking about. If you set out to use your camera to take pictures that resemble NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and it's amazing images of our universe, what exactly would YOU do? Well eastofnorth has set out to do exactly that!! Who'd have thought this possible? With her strong understanding of camera tossing and the possible effects, she choose a light source carefully that might help her in the quest. And voila! I'd say she's gotten the result she was looking for! At the very least she's discovered a new nebula!

The first image is a picture of a real space nebula, the second is a photograph (cropped only, no digital editing) taken by eastofnorth in the comfort of her own home.

Hubble's Full WFPC2 Image of Dumbbell Nebula
Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Image Type: Astronomical

Cameratoss: Universal 1
Photo Credit: eastofnorth
Image Type: Camera Toss

It just goes to show that employing kinetic photography is truely taking a picture of physics in action, and the results and possibilities are often cosmic, which kinda makes sense in a weird way. The universe is governed by the same laws as the camera in motion. And the results definitely can reflect this connection. This is all getting quite exciting!

1 comment:

Cie Cheesemeister said...

It gets better with every picture. But I think the fact that you put the universe and Homer Simpson in the same post really says something cosmically relevant!