Life Boat Post

Due to being half way through Phonar, I have created a sum up of themes that have been spoken about up till now.

 

FRED RITCHIN

  • IF YOUR PICTURES AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS QUANTUM IMAGERY IT IS ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING AT ONE TIME
  • PHOTOGRAPHY IS A QUOTATION
  • WORLD CONFORMS TO THEIR OWN IMAGE
  • REVOLUTION IS TO USE PHOTOGRAPHY TO BE USEFUL
  • CONSIDER ALL POINTS OF VIEW

 

DAVID CAMPBELL

  • THE EVENT ISN’T WHAT HAPPENS, IT’S WHATS NARRATED
  • YOU HAVE TO BUILD TRUST
  • A PHOTOGRAPH NEEDS TO BE USEFUL

 

STEPHEN MAYES/TIM HETHERINGTON

  • IF YOUR PICTURES AREN’T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’RE NOT READING ENOUGH
  • THE STUFF HE DIDN’T DO IS WHAT HE SHOULD BE KNOWN FOR
  • HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND BY BEING THE BRIDGE WHAT HE UNDERSTOOD AND WHAT HE WANTED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND
  • STUDYING ISSUES IN HUMANITY RATHER THAN DOCUMENTING
  • THE WORLD IS NOT LINEAR
  • AN IMAGE ON IT’S OWN MEANS NOTHING BUT GATHERS POWER
  • TRUTH IS KEY

 

PETE BROOK

  • PHOTOGRAPHS ARE EXPERIENCES RATHER THAN DOCUMENTATION
  • WE UNDERSTAND THE OLD IN TERMS OF THE NEW
  • UNLESS YOU DIG YOU CAN’T VALIDATE
  • PACE AN IMAGE IS CREATED IS MATCHED BY HOW QUICK WE DISREGARD IT

 

CAROLE NAGGAR/GEORGE RODGER

  • GIVING UP THE MYTH IS THE HARDEST PART
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE THOUGHT OF AS AUTHORS

 

WASMA MANSOUR

  • TEXT ADDS INFORMATION
  • THE STORY COMES FIRST, THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMES LATER

DALIA KHAMSSEY

  • THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY TO TAKE ARE THE ONES IN YOUR BACKYARD
  • PASS ON THE KNOWLEDGE TO THE YOUTH, WHO’LL PASS IT ON TO THE COMMUNITY

SARA DAVIDMANN

  • COLLABORATION IS KEY
  • GIVE THE PERSON A VOICE
  • PHOTOGRAPHER & PHOTOGRAPHED ARE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER
  • PHOTOGRAPHS CAN SHOW EVERYTHING MISSING

JASON SCOTT TILLEY & NIALL MCDIARMID

  • THE PARTICIPANTS ARE IMPORTANT
  • LESS IMAGES IS MORE FOCUS 

SHAHIDUL ALAM

  • WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD THEN DESCRIBE IT DIFFERENTLY
  • ONLY UNDERSTAND IN TERMS OF OLD
  • THE PURPOSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS TO BE USEFUL
  • WE LIVE THROUGH STORYTELLERS, PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIMITED
  • DIGITAL ALLOWS ALTERNATE VOICES

 

From this I was mainly interested by the way in which the many points pointed out overlapped from speaker to speaker. Here I heard from Fred Richin that “if your pictures aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough” but at the same time Mayes said “if your pictures aren’t good enough, then you’re not reading enough” showing me that you need to be in the thick of it to understand it but at the same to know the facts about it to have the knowledge so you know what you’re talking about and to have the truest pictures to represent the story.

 

I was also struck by “the event isn’t what happens, it’s what’s narrated” and that “photographs are experiences rather than documentation” these were the words that struck most to me as being my interest lies with event photography I was always under the impression that the event is what I documented but from hearing the other point of view I felt that the role was more substantial than before.

 

However, the most important points I got from the lecture was the ones about technology nowadays where I heard that “we understand the old in terms of the new” and “the pace an image is created is matched by how quick we disregard it”. This resonated more as with every six months there is new technology out and the ones that were popular yesterday are… so last century, to use the phrase.  This has become even more so with social media being at the forefront and living for the here and now that’s transcends into image making. So with next year being unknown the idea of making it into photography as a career was a bit more daunting than the idea with images disappearing within 24 hours so that to become a photographer you’d have to be shooting 24/7. However, in terms of the old and new we can’t have been that far ahead so if you consider the unknown future in terms of the old it should be a little less daunting to venture into.

 

On top of these points I was also enlightened to hear the ones about the photographer and person being photographed looking at each other. As I also have a keen interest in portraiture but tend to not enjoy it as much as I rush myself with the idea of taking up someone’s time from him or her or having him or her feel awkward just standing there. Yet this point made me think while I am working out the way to capture the image they aren’t just stood there waiting for me and helps with the idea so to be more relaxed when capturing the image. While also learning the best photographs are the ones in your backyard so if I keep to the notion that its something I know more about then I am able to at least keep more of a focus and not rush so much.

 

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