Screaming Into The Abyss

Friends with Ideas
By Ben Zvan
On September 11, 2008 at 08:56

Early FPS - Wolfenstein 3DMy class this fall is Art History 5925, The History of Photography as art. I've only attended two class sessions (I had training last week and missed the first two) but I am finding it to be a fascinating discussion of how artists and art historians have viewed photography since it's invention by Daguerre and Talbot nearly 170 years ago. I'm sure that I'll go into more detail on that later.

Years ago, when I worked at the local Renaissance Festival, I met a fellow by the name of Corvus. He was a brilliant actor, creative bloody marry maker, and aspiring game developer. I have recently developed a craving for his Holy Bloody Mary, Mother of God and asked him about his recipe, which he happily relinquished in exchange for my Perfect Margarita recipe. Once I manage to find the agave nectar he recommended, the perfect margaritas will be even more perfecter.

My new found experience with historical views on photography has probably made me more aware of how other people view art and creations. When I discovered via Facebook that Corvus had written a blog post on the history of the first-person camera in video games, I dug into it like one of my historical photographic essays. It's an interesting investigation of what most people would consider mundane truths. Have you ever been playing a video game and thought "I don't feel properly informed of my physical presence?" I will now.

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