DRAW ME A STANDARD VIEWFINDER / SUCH A THING DOES NOT EXIST

by COD Magazine

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COD’s Luke Harby shot these photographs within a week in his home and his studio.  “It is very much photography about photography.  Images of images of images are an interest of mine; in fact, an image of an image should be everyone’s interest, given that an ‘original’ is such an enigmatic concept in photography.”

You’re looking at photographs which frame and emphasise the properties of viewfinders.  The subjects include the surfaces the viewfinders are focused on (i.e a wall, or set of blinds); part of the surface of the viewfinder itself (i.e.. the grid, the iris, and the exposure meter, including scratches and flaws) and the diopter (the field one looks through, often surrounded by a rubber cup.)

The blurring of these images, sometimes intentional and sometimes merely difficult to control, acts to comment on the conundrum of the apparatus itself; the altered “reality” that is implicit in a reflected image:  “Some of the images I blurred out even further so the source of the focus appears to be nowhere in the picture.  What emerges is something quite tangential to the concept of the viewfinder.”

Because he owns a significant number of cameras, Mr. Harby could access a variety of machines to create this series. “I suppose it’s a bit Jasper Johns;  ‘Draw me a standard viewfinder’, well such a thing doesn’t really exist.”

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