Digital Media Production Rationale
We chose the theme of kitchen objects, as we believe that it is a simple yet effective theme to communicate the everyday aesthetic through photography. Murray (2008 p. 151) discusses the shift in photography as moving away from capturing ‘special or rarefied moments of domestic/family living and more about an immediate, rather fleeting display of one’s discovery of the small and mundane’. The theme kitchen objects demonstrates this, as kitchen objects are the epitome of everyday, mundane items. We cook with them, we eat food off them and we clean them. Once their use has been fulfilled they are forgotten until once again needed. All actions an average person completes in a day starts and finishes in the kitchen. Our fleeting moments with kitchen objects embody the new form of everyday aesthetic photography known as ‘ephemera’ where images focus on the discovery of ordinary subject matter with no lasting meaning (Murray 2008, p.155). To enhance such dull objects the avid photographers within this genre seek to highlight their natural beauty through ‘composition, use of lighting and framing’ (Murray 2008, p.155). Similarly, our use of neutral backgrounds, positioning and editing draws focus to the unique aspects of each object’s everyday aesthetic.
Murray, S 2008, ‘Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notion of Everyday Aesthetics’, Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 147-163.
Hannah Dunlop 42820286
Lynette Anne (Annie) Collins 42797055