Kate Robertson and myself (Peter Nitsch) had the idea of exchanging our physical art photographs and to document the process along the way. The result is the finished international art swap, where our images went around the globe as well as our documented personal observations on photography. To save costs, we shipped artworks without framing and left this part to each other. This was exciting to see how each of us would interpret the other’s photo with its own framing part.
There has been much written on the changing role and definition of photography since the introduction of digital forms and proliferation of images. Increasingly, a considerable amount of these writings discuss the new worlds in which the photographic artist now has to navigate and contribute within.
“Over the last few months I’ve reflected on the more positive aspects of image saturation, specifically found on the Internet. I’ve come to realise the escalation of images has enabled me the opportunity to connect into and network within the global photographic community. As a photographic artist living in Australia, this is vital as I live far outside the more established photographic hubs of Europe and America,” says Kate Robertson.
Social media platforms, blogs and online journals have opened up relentless opportunities to explore, engage and discuss photography. New peers from around the world have been formed and friends have been made. Most surprisingly though has been an international art swap.
Most importantly, the art swap highlighted our ongoing appreciation for the materiality of photography. The photographic paper quality and surface, inks / darkroom chemicals, the final size of photograph – it all forms how we view a photograph as both image and object.Read More