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The Puddlewonder Press
Damien Pitter
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The Puddlewonder Press is an online space for the creative work of Damien Pitter and guests whose work he loves. The work presented here is a sampling of photography, writing, and mixed-media and video. (Back to top)

Damien Pitter completed an undergraduate degree in Film Studies before embarking on career in international education, and returning to school to complete an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Over the last decade, Damien has taught English, Drama, Photography and Digital Arts in international schools in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Thailand. Currently, he teaches English Literature, and coordinates online learning and the Global Citizen Diploma program at an international school in Japan. He lives with his partner, Monna, who is also a photographer and writes skinny prose at monnamcdiarmid.com.(Back to top)

What Are We Calling A Photograph, Anyway? In the age of digital photography, the definition of what constitutes a photograph is tricky. The photographs I post here look pretty much the way they do coming out of the camera. The motion effects (where applicable) are created in the camera, not applied digitally afterwards. I use photo editing software to adjust levels, contrast and a bit of saturation (the same stuff I would adjust on film in the darkroom), resize images for blogging, and sharpen resized images. Sometimes I remove camera artifacts, like dust-spots from my camera’s sensor. On a very rare occasion, I may remove something more significant, like someone’s finger in front of the lens. If I do that, I will categorize the photo as ‘Edited’. And if I edit a photograph much more than that, it will be categorized as ‘Media’, rather than ‘Photography’. (Back to top)

The Evolution of My Eye I took up still photography when I graduated from film school, because motion picture film was too expensive to practice with. I shot a lot of film, went back to black & white and developed my own negatives and prints. When I lost access to darkrooms, the only way to keep control of my print development was to go digital. I got to a point where I was taking very good photographs that looked like everyone else’s very good photographs. Then I lost my tripod in a move and discovered how much I really like blurred images. I got very interested in how the mechanism of photography could create abstraction instead of recording reality. Blurring pushed me further into long exposures and long exposures pushed me into intentional overexposure. I’m also a fan of Instagram, which, yes, I think of this as real photography too. In the end, it’s the image that matters, and what it inspires in you and how it provokes you and how it pleases you. The best images are the ones that keep challenging you, the ones you look at again and again and keep seeing something different, something deeper. As long as you can do that, the tools are just tools. (Back to top)

Media These pieces are combinations of elements of different (digital) media. These include photographs that have been edited to add or remove elements that significantly change their content and composition or that have been combined with elements from other images. It also includes the graphic representation of text and media extended through duration, like film or video, and pieces that include sound or elements of interactivity. It is, by definition, a mixed bag and a continuous experiment. (Back to top)

Writing Story is one of the most important things to me. The ideas come and sometimes they require a form and sometimes I can choose how to tell it, but in some way or another, almost everything I do is a story. Most of those stories either begin or end in writing. (Back to top)