Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thoughts on Photography

What intrigues me about a photo is the relationship between the subject and the person behind the lens.

This explains why I find advertisements and models so boring. It's a narrow range of relationships playing out over and over. The subject does their best to look pretty, serious, excited, etc. The photographer attempts to capture a predetermined emotion in order to move product. Certainly, this is an interesting relationship but, due to its abundance, I find it the least compelling.
The purpose of photography is to make a permanent record of a fleeting moment. We desire careful control over these eternal moments, often grinding out anything interesting in place of capturing a banal agreement between photographer and subject that things 'look nice'. I would much prefer photographs of arguments from a child's point of view to a family photo.

I like candid shots in which a photographer captures a subject's spontaneous relationship to something else. Although now we are too wise to the beauty of these images and must plan them as well.

If a photo is a snapshot of the relationship between photographer and subject then what is a "selfie"? Surely, not ourselves through our own eyes but through the eyes of some imaginary photographer encouraging us to add another safely constructed image to the archive.


ASAZ said...

for me the images can provide unlimited inspiration

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jenny in germany said...

hey - could you tell me what that photograph is? what the context is, or where you found it? it's incredibly intriguing..

Nemo Dally said...

I believe it's in Australia. I came across it searching for images of Colonialism.

The photo was on flickr (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3161/3100270165_d7d178f00e.jpg) Perhaps the original poster knows more.