- My motivation has dropped
- New medication is impacting upon motivation
- Anorexia is now affecting energy and motivation
- Making this and the last post has taken me several days to get motivated to produce.
- Photography was originally understood as being a means of authentically documenting reality
- This view reinforced by Barthes in Camera Lucida – photographing “what was there”
- Photo Journalism and documentary photography are meant to be factual and not misleading.
- My view “as photographers we always mislead and never represent the external authentically”
- My view “as photographers we spend more time excluding the distraction of what was there”
- My view “our photography is shaped by our life experiences, psychology and ideology”
- My view “our personality influences exactly what we choose to exclude from any photo we make”
- My view has been reinforced by reading Photography A Critical Introduction by Liz Wells
- Liz Wells highlights the photo “Migrant Mother” by Dorathea Lange
- “Migrant Mother” is shown next to the other four photos Lange took of the mother and her children that day. It’s clear why Lange chose this as her final selection.
- The context added by the other photos would have eliminated the emotional impact.
- This is photographers manipulation of fact in order to present a moral viewpoint.
- Editor’s, curators and accompanying text bastardise this “authenticity” further.
- Ariella Azoulay adds to this by demonstrating how the Israeli National newspapers use photography unrelated to the story to reinforce an anti Palestinian Agenda.
- In The Civil Contract of Photography Azoulay posits the idea that no one has authorship/ownership of a photo, as the subject, photographer and viewer all bring their own unique understanding and agenda to the photo
- Kathryn Ryan (Canadian comedian) stated during her interview by John Bishop (John Bishop In Conversation With) that her daughter is a unique individual and as her mother she has no right to publish photos of her daughter.
- She doesn’t own her daughter and has no ownership of her image
- To do so would be an act of aggression as there is no consent.
- This view is supported by Susan Sontag “On Photography” and Ariella Azoulay.
- Hearing Kathryn Ryan was the first time this viewpoint made any sense to me.
- In other contexts to commit an act upon another person without their consent would be illegal.
- Asking permission to take a photo, even using a model release form can never be informed consent as we no longer know where a photo will be reproduced or end up.
Its been useful to solidify these ideas that have been floating around my psyche, it’s not to say that I agree with them all, and even where I do I think there has to be a loud call for balance. The views I’ve highlighted are valid, but where do we draw the line? There are legal lines of course, and I believe there are humanitarian lines. Governments often break these humanitarian lines for the purposes of propaganda (it’s happened in the UK in relation to “illegal” immigrants (no human is illegal!!!)). However, as photographers we can only do what feels right to us, and that’s different for us all.
Interestingly, as I have experimented with street photography I have become more comfortable with others taking my photo whilst out and about.
I have way to many books to read.