Photographer as object not subject

I photograph not to represent but to encounter and experience object-connection. I photograph not as the privileged subject-photographer or in order to create the privileged photo-object (the decisive moment) but within a flat non-correlationist photographic ontology. I look to work with this philosophy by photographing a democracy of objects, connecting with objects within objects. In …

Object-oriented photography and vibrant matter

My photography is object-oriented. This OOPh, as I call it, is informed by the work of Harman but also by that of Jane Bennett who, in Vibrant Matter (2010a) identifies an agentic capacity in material objects⁠1 When she starts from “one large men’s black plastic work glove; one dense mat of oak pollen; one unblemished …

Object-oriented photography: a draft manifesto

Object-oriented photography (OOPh) is the practice of encountering objects. It is a sensibility and sensitivity to objects in their vibrant materiality, their actuality and their reality.This sensibility is built around the following precepts: Object-oriented photography OOPh is anti-correlationist. It does not start from the human-world or photographer-subject correlate. OOPh is not anti-human or even anti-humanist …

Restaurant – U.S. 1 leaving Columbia, South Carolina

In Restaurant – U.S. 1 leaving Columbia, South Carolina (image-object) a TV screen retreats. In the corner of a seemingly deserted restaurant, the unmistakable rounded corners of a 1955 TV set stands alone. There is no human presence (we will talk about Frank in a moment). The bright screen and the burnt-out window, table edge …