I love Hoda Afshar's portraits and videos from Manus Island (it's Australia's Refugee Devil's Island - you go in but you n...
Monday, 16 March 2009
How not to Photograph: The I didn't go on Vacation Slide Show
picture: Colin Pantall - from the series: I really should get out more
Even worse than The Vacation Slide Show (see previous post) is The I-didn't-go-on-vacation Slide Show.
Aka: The Stay at Home Slide Show.
Aka: The I Can't Really be Arsed Getting Out of the House Too Much Slide Show.
This isn't too much of a problem if you live somewhere interesting and exciting like New York or Paris. After all, William Klein made New York: Life is Good & Good For You In New York! and Brassai made Paris by Night from their own homes sort of. But note that it's Paris by Night, not Peterborough by night and it's New York Life is Good and Good For You In New York, not Bridgwater: Life is Good & Good For You in Bridgwater.
If you can't get somewhere interesting or find something interesting to photograph in your hometown, do at least try to get out of the house. And if you don't get out of the house, don't make work based on how interesting the wall looks if you look at it closely enough and really explore the way that we really see. A wall is still a wall, and that goes for pictures on wall, cracks in walls and wallpaper on walls, especially the cracked pictorial kind. We all know Aaron Siskind made wonderful pictures of flaking paint, that's no excuse for you to make endless pictures of flaking paint as well. And it's no excuse for me either.