Consonance & Dissonance Process
Samuel Kim / ARCH 3710
The earliest usage of the word consonance—defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “agreement, harmony, concord”—dates to late fifteenth century England in which it is invoked as a moral qualifier in the court of law or society. A bright, upstanding Englishman would possess a respective demeanor, or one that is consonant with his righteous disposition. On the other hand, the word dissonance is defined as a “want of concord or harmony (between things) [or a state of] disagreement, incongruity.” The etymological relationship between consonance and dissonance suggests a general tension between perfection and imperfection, which can be applied to the art medium of photography as a way of explanation. In other words, the image making process in photography actually explores the quite tenuous relationship between consonance and dissonance. Whereas the ineffable camera captures and reproduces the natural world, such is only contingent upon the clumsy dexterity of the human photographer. They both aspire but fail, due to their interdependence. To what extent can a camera’s intelligent censor and sparkling lens perform in the shadow of a human’s imperfect, biological perception of the world? My four images, captured within the span of 48 hours, attempt to be visual and pure formal representations of consonance and dissonance.