Penelope Umbrico’s ‘Suns from Flickr’

Upon searching the word ‘sunsets’ on flickr Penelope Umbrico discovered more than half a million photos of sunsets that had been shared by people from all around the world. Selecting a few hundred from this vast collection she created the ‘suns from Flickr’ installation in which the selected photos were placed side-by-side forming a huge wall of suns.

What I find most interesting about this piece are the questions it raises about technology as an artefact and our use of it (in all its varying forms) for the representation of natural phenomena. The sun in all its ubiquity has and continues to be photographed via the many different types of photograph technology; many of these photographs are then shared on the internet on websites like flickr, facebook and of course tumblr. Umbrico, whether intentionally or inadvertedly, lays emphasis on the underlying veneer of irony that characterises nature photography. Photography as a medium of artistic expression has indeed impressed upon us many of the often-fleeting splendours of the natural world, splendours that are sufficiently ephemeral to render the capturing of them in time, through photography, more of a worthwhile pursuit. The sun however is and will, to the best of my scientific knowledge, always be here – the giver of life and warmth so completely eternal, it begs the question: why are there so many photos of it?

‘Suns from Flickr’ is currently on display as part of the ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ exhibition now on at Somerset House in London: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/about/press/press-releases/landmark-the-fields-of-photography

 - Adrian Deen

Penelope Umbrico’s ‘Suns from Flickr’

Upon searching the word ‘sunsets’ on flickr Penelope Umbrico discovered more than half a million photos of sunsets that had been shared by people from all around the world. Selecting a few hundred from this vast collection she created the ‘suns from Flickr’ installation in which the selected photos were placed side-by-side forming a huge wall of suns.

What I find most interesting about this piece are the questions it raises about technology as an artefact and our use of it (in all its varying forms) for the representation of natural phenomena. The sun in all its ubiquity has and continues to be photographed via the many different types of photograph technology; many of these photographs are then shared on the internet on websites like flickr, facebook and of course tumblr. Umbrico, whether intentionally or inadvertedly, lays emphasis on the underlying veneer of irony that characterises nature photography. Photography as a medium of artistic expression has indeed impressed upon us many of the often-fleeting splendours of the natural world, splendours that are sufficiently ephemeral to render the capturing of them in time, through photography, more of a worthwhile pursuit. The sun however is and will, to the best of my scientific knowledge, always be here – the giver of life and warmth so completely eternal, it begs the question: why are there so many photos of it?

‘Suns from Flickr’ is currently on display as part of the ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ exhibition now on at Somerset House in London: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/about/press/press-releases/landmark-the-fields-of-photography

 - Adrian Deen

Penelope Umbrico’s ‘Suns from Flickr’

Upon searching the word ‘sunsets’ on flickr Penelope Umbrico discovered more than half a million photos of sunsets that had been shared by people from all around the world. Selecting a few hundred from this vast collection she created the ‘suns from Flickr’ installation in which the selected photos were placed side-by-side forming a huge wall of suns.

What I find most interesting about this piece are the questions it raises about technology as an artefact and our use of it (in all its varying forms) for the representation of natural phenomena. The sun in all its ubiquity has and continues to be photographed via the many different types of photograph technology; many of these photographs are then shared on the internet on websites like flickr, facebook and of course tumblr. Umbrico, whether intentionally or inadvertedly, lays emphasis on the underlying veneer of irony that characterises nature photography. Photography as a medium of artistic expression has indeed impressed upon us many of the often-fleeting splendours of the natural world, splendours that are sufficiently ephemeral to render the capturing of them in time, through photography, more of a worthwhile pursuit. The sun however is and will, to the best of my scientific knowledge, always be here – the giver of life and warmth so completely eternal, it begs the question: why are there so many photos of it?

‘Suns from Flickr’ is currently on display as part of the ‘Landmark: the Fields of Photography’ exhibition now on at Somerset House in London: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/about/press/press-releases/landmark-the-fields-of-photography

 - Adrian Deen





  Posted on April 15, 2013

Share this

1783 Notes

  1. 77starlineexpress reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  2. hotpotforthemind reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  3. giangnguyen1208 reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  4. messymind reblogged this from thirstyear
  5. hinkumphinneyduster reblogged this from fuckyeahartandscience
  6. namesatmyheels reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  7. hypersugarroxy reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  8. tdk-cassette reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  9. whenitallturnstodust reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  10. awesomeblue-chan reblogged this from galaxy-ipad and added:
    Amazinh the sunset’s are so beautilful.=]
  11. preferredmethodofprocrastination reblogged this from rituccia
  12. rituccia reblogged this from sierrandmike
  13. obscurecity reblogged this from science-junkie and added:
    Penelope Umbrico’s ‘Suns from Flickr’ Upon searching the word ‘sunsets’ on flickr Penelope Umbrico discovered more than...
  14. derangedbutterfly reblogged this from fuckyeahartandscience
  15. drinkmore-caroless reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  16. thesensibleone13 reblogged this from calysto1395
  17. iamyourlucifer reblogged this from forever-without-you
  18. misstewarts reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  19. jomcminn reblogged this from johjm
  20. tinility reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  21. mizjaxteller reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  22. littlepinkbullets reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  23. elisette reblogged this from science-junkie
  24. spellbindingsecrecy reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  25. instant-cute reblogged this from understandwich
  26. understandwich reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  27. -miavita reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  28. onebrokebitch reblogged this from crazysexykhool
  29. margauxcastle reblogged this from artandsciencejournal
  30. sikaio reblogged this from comehell-highwater