A networked digital image

This digital image is no longer a representation of a past event–a photo of clouds— as it is active, it has an agency, in that it shows us, or points to, the way that photography has been transformed into an algorithmically constituted photographic image. We need to learn to start thinking in different terms because what we see as an image on-the-screen is only conventionally presented to appear the same as the analogue photograph.

The digital image is actually a skeuomorph—a variegated field of data that is not bound to obey the material and visual logic often taken to be defining of photography.