Exercise · ‘What makes a document?’

“A document usually adheres to some convention based on similar or previous documents or specified requirements.” https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/document.

The topic of the discussion, as others have mentioned is: Time and context and which is it that makes a document? If the above quote holds any substantial truth (and I believe it does) then time and context would seem inextricably linked together in some way: “Time and context are not mutually exclusive” (Dickinson, 2011) https://www.oca.ac.uk/weareoca/photography/what-makes-a-document/#comment-4099

A document is something preserved, but based already in the context of history as a recording process that has a convention which allows it to be perceived as something worth retaining. The time factor will certainly change the way that the document is perceived. Jose makes this point. The context has identified the image as a document in relation to historical events. The time process, has a part to play in that with passing time, the document can be understood in a greater and clearer context of the civil war in Spain and all of the complexities that go with that. Either way, the photo still remains a document. What I mean by this is that a document is simply a form of information in one sense. This information may change over time as the context broadens (again tied in with time) but from the immediate development of the photo it is now already a document. All of the information that goes into securing a bigger context usually takes time to understand.

Published by Truevisionphotography

I'm a student photographer studying through the OCA a UK based arts university. I'm in the foundation year of my studies and enjoying it immensely. I'm also a yoga teacher and co-founder of Bodhiyoga a buddhism based yoga teacher training program that runs in the UK and Spain each year. As a photographer I'm interested in all forms of fine art. I find the arts really important in my life. I love nature and aim to be in the outdoors as much as I can. Generally I think that all the different strands of my life are flowing to towards self development in the greatest sense of the term. The arts, buddhist practice yoga and meditation are all tools to that end. I feel committed to communication the these values in the world both through the visual arts as well as teaching.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: