The Anatomy of Photography. An Exploration of Image Aesthetics in the Realm of the Scientific Photography of Anatomical Specimens in Veterinary Medicine
Throughout my career as a photographer in the service of veterinary sciences, I have encountered peculiar image aesthetics regarding the photographs found in both research and, especially, the educational media. They provoked me into questioning the ability required to fulfil their intended tasks. In veterinary medicine, the intent is to preserve, show, and spread visual information both credibly and unambiguously. Since these photographs are, in most cases, only used within the context of verbal information, the intention with which the photograph was taken can easily be deciphered by its respective professional beholders. Any ambiguity and amateur-type execution of such depictions can lead to suppositions concerning both the respective research and the researcher. Consequently, this thesis aims to explore and fathom the complex interplay of factors and parameters influencing the image aesthetics of photographs of anatomical specimens in veterinary medicine. To discover the aspects constituting these image aesthetics, a theoretical and practical approach to research was adopted, within which elaborate photographic experiments were paired with contemporary and historical image research. The findings as presented in this thesis will offer an overview of the configuration of the relevant parameters and factors responsible for the image aesthetics perceived by the interpreter. In addition, it should draw attention to the importance of professional expertise and, consequently, professional co-operation in medical photography.
- Jinsu Ahn, Susanne Käser, Arno Schubbach
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