Having witnessed for many years the struggle of Holography to gain acceptance as a new medium for creative expression I have come to a point in my life where it seems imperative to me to open a discussion amongst artists and the art world regarding the swirling mystery of why this medium is still not accepted as being the truly amazing medium that I (and many others quietly working away) see it as.
OK - I am one of a small group that are already converted and having explored this medium from many of it’s infinite perspectives for over 35 years I am ready and willing to step up to the plate and stir things up a bit. Let’s talk about this - why is there so much mis-information, why have the critics been so harsh, what is it about this medium that causes so much excitement in it’s viewers but so much scorn from the critics? I know that this is a very technologically challenging medium but so was photography to begin with. It took a long while for photography to gain acceptance as an art medium but do we have to do that again? Can’t we learn more quickly this time and move beyond the limitations of vision that stopped many people from seeing the subtlety of expression that photography was capable of delivering?
Holographic art has it’s own history, a story that deserves to be told. This blog will be a place to learn about that. It will also be a place to learn about artists who are working with it today, a place to learn about where the facilities are to make holographic art and a place to discuss the unique properties that make it so compelling to those who have chosen to work with it. What is it that they feel this medium so uniquely offers them? Why do they struggle on when it would be so much easier to work in video or digital photography? What makes them so passionate about this medium?
I open this up for discussion about all aspects of creativity in holography and to a certain extent I may also diverge a little from time to time to discuss lenticular images and stereoscopic filmmaking for artists. As this is my own blog it will follow my whim. This will not be a forum for discussing the technical aspects of holography, there are other forums for that. This is a place to discuss art and creativity. However, from time to time I may offer some technical information for the benefit of artists that I hope will clarify some of the many misconceptions about this medium and perhaps provide a foundation of knowledge that might be a useful reference for anyone seeking to work creatively in this medium.
Most of all I hope that these words stir up some individuals to go out and see for themselves what this medium can do.