Light Paths is an informal group of South Australian art photographers is a loose collective who pool, or bring their individual work together, into the digital space (or Khôra) to nurture, sustain and develop a culture of art photography in South Australia.
Photography has changed dramatically since the period of the late twentieth century that had been provisionally mapped by Adelaide Art Photographers-1970 2000, due to the emergence of digital technology and social media. The photographic present is now clearly digital, the digital image has become a networked image, and photographic practice has shifted from primarily being a print‐oriented to a transmission‐oriented, screen‐based experience. The photograph now occupies the same space as the video game, the film trailer, the newspaper and the artwork in a virtual museum. It becomes part of an endless stream of data.
Associated with, and Informing the diverse current practices of photography, is a growing cultural shift towards a conception of the Internet as a platform for sharing and collaboration. The emergence of the photo-sharing platform (eg., Flickr) means that the photographs of millions of individuals are now contained within online databases connected to each other by hyperlink, tag, or search term; streams of visual data dissociated from their origins and only by semantic tags and placed in a pool with other images that share similar metadata.By giving up the attributes of a photograph as a unique, singular and intentional presence, the networked snapshot is becoming difficult to comprehend with the conceptual tools of visual literacy and photographic theory.
Light Paths is an attempt to bring some coherence to this flux of data and to reconnect the photos with our everyday lives and creativity using the form of project. It is a counter to the online networks that strip individual photo of the fragile aura of the photographic object as it becomes absorbed into a flux of visual data with its absence of meaning.