As well as today’s picture I’d like to apologise to anybody who has had trouble accessing my site over the last couple of days. I ventured away from wordpress.com onto an Irish hosting site called letshost.ie for the last 2 days in the hope of creating my own website that I could customise to my own liking rather than relying on other people’s designs like I must do here all the time. Unfortunately, this was one hell of a frustrating experience due to letshost’s many deficencies in providing a reliable service to a web designing novice such as myself, as well as their ineptness in communicating with their clients in a sufficently speedy fashion. I’ve just spend 2 days banging my head against the wall questioning my own abilities to put up a basic website, only to find out that letshost were actually the ones in error by inadvertdly blocking my attempts to upload my webdesigns and constantly locking me out of my client area and web design panel on their site. In fairness to letshost.ie they have provided me with a refund very quickly(the second time that they’ve had to do so with me), but that’s not going to get back the last 48 hours of utter frustration(plus 3 weeks of tinkering) that have left me back at square one again trying to select a decent hosting service yet again, and still nowhere closer to having my own proper photography website. I think that I’ll just go with godaddy.com as they are half the price that I was paying with letshost.ie anyway, but its sure does seem a shame that it’s so hard to support an Irish company all the same. If anyone has any experience with any other webhosting services, either good or ill, then please let me know so I can make a more informed decision next time.
For now, back to the photography. It sure is a hell of a lot more fun than trying to design webpages.
Here’s a shot of one of the wonderful Dali sculptures that I came across in Barcelona, and that seem to be dotted throughout Spain at large. I’m often struck when travelling by how incomparably more interesting European public art is compared to the predictable statues of politicians and exiled writers that we Irish seem to enjoy erecting so very much.
And since I’m thinking about Dali today, I thought that I’d share one of my favourite photos ever. This is Dali’s “atomicus”. This amazing shot apparently took 28 attempts to get right, and as a result probably isn’t also going to be a cat lover’s favourite photograph. However, one can’t help but admire the bravado of Dali and the ingenuity of the photographer Philippe Halsman in nailing such a busy shot with so many elements to get just right.
The real magic of this shot for me is that it is a record of a specific moment in time back in 1948, in which 3 cats and a bucket of water were flying through the air, whilst Salvador Dali was jumping and his assistant held up a chair at the edge of the frame. This photo therefore has value as a document of a moment in time. This makes it an indexical photo that refers to a specific historical event. In modern times it’s hard to imagine anybody taking the time to create and execute such a shot instead of just designing it on a computer screen through Photoshop.
Photoshop creates iconic images that can represent a cat flying through the air, but because these images are created on a computer screen and are only a representation of an image that occurred in an artist’s mind rather than a record of an actual event in time, these are not photographs, but pieces of digital art.
So please do enjoy one of the greatest photographs ever created and ask yourself if such a photo was created in post production on an image processing programme could it ever possibly have the same impact?