Concept of "foundness"

Explain in your own words Baron’s concept of “foundness.” What role do you see it playing in your project? In what ways are you emphasizing or minimizing intentional and/or temporal disparities between the object you were given and the rest to your piece? What led to these choices? (ca. 500 words)

Baron talks a lot of about various qualities that create a sense of archivalness and foundness in footage and how it affects the viewer's perception and interpretations of artistic work itself. He points out something interesting which is that the quality of archivalness and rarity seems to promise truth-value and evidentiary revelation which both adds credibility as well as excitement about the piece. The "found" quality of it enhances viewer's perception through added historical authority and some form of authenticity which otherwise might be questioned by the viewer. The piece itself becomes a combination of something old, as well as something new combining the reliability of historic footage with the excitement and rarity of a new discovery of some sort.

It's my personal realization after reading both writings the context of consumption of photography, has made me interpret photography differently. As discussed in class if something appears to me as "staged" or "fake" I tend to be interested in the background story of it, while in case of framing the photographs as "purely documentational" with a sole focus on the object creates a disinterest to me acting as a single-layered piece of evidence while lacking the depth of a real considerable proof for any argument. The hint of something being "staged" or visible framing captured by the photographer makes it easier to explore or see elements and characteristics of "foundness" in the context of a particular photograph.

"Foundness" in my first project mainly shines through the journalistic aesthetic which allows the viewer to fantasize a story around the images, as well as the sequential placement of the photographs. I want the photographs, or potentially cinematographs, be placed in a sequence as windows to a film-like journey which is both personally reflective as well as distanced enough to create a sense of archival quality or third-party viewership. The foundness here is probably going to be revealed through dramatic use of colors and editing techniques while representing landscapes viewed by the photographers. The framing will hint a personal journey through emotional roller coaster while the landscape represent the contextual reality that an individual is undeniably forced to live in.

I am using the initial photograph as an artistic inspiration emphasizing the dramatic emotion and use of colors further through other photographs while allowing myself to visually experiment and recreated my own reality based on the story derived from the initial photograph.

Journal EntryValev Laube