Tag Archives: Photography

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Reflecting on the Impulse to Photograph and Barthes’ Punctum

Over the course of the semester, I have been thinking a lot about why we take photographs. I think it has something to do with a phenomenon similar to Barthes’ punctum. In Camera Lucida, Barthes explains punctum as something that “wounds,” “pierces,” and is something that we can only know once we feel it. The punctum is something that surpasses […]

GIF-animation of the "Revolving" selfportrait by Nadar. Wikimedia Commons.

The Sequential Self-Portrait

I was browsing the Internet looking for some information for a potential essay topic on selfies for HIST 5702w, when I came across this GIF of nineteenth-century photographer, Nadar’s “Revolving” Self-Portrait (c. 1865). This GIF and it’s original photograph were too fun to think about, so I decided to write a quick blog post about them! […]

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The Thing About Photo-Ops at Comic Con

I consider myself to be a bit of a nerd. I enjoy going to Comic Con (mostly the ones held in Ottawa and Montreal so far) to celebrate nerd culture and sci-fi/pop culture with other like-minded people. I love seeing all the cosplay costumes, the vendors, and just wandering around the convention halls taking it […]