5D images from India - the best yet

Started Nov 5, 2005 | Discussions thread
Robert Gonzalez Regular Member • Posts: 433
Re: Not to rain on the parade, but...

Terry L wrote:

I feel very uncomfortable looking at these pictures. I don't want
to be either churish or prudish but I don't find poverty-as-art
appealing. The idea of pointing an incredibly expensive camera/lens
at people suffering such miserable poverty is a bit
stomach-churning.

Perhaps he asked permission and offered payment. I certainly hope
so. Although I'm not sure that an offer of payment might not be an
added insult.

I dont know whether you contribute to their well being or not, but if you dont, then its hypocritical to criticize these pics. These people exist whether you like it or not, I have seen them (been in India) myself, and it is heart wrenching. You cant fix all of it, but making it visible and uncomfortable is a good thing. It allows us to go beyond the abstract "poverty" idea and into a more personal emotional level, which makes us confront the reality of the miserable state of "living" of these folk. It doesnt appeal to you in your surburbinite - cappucino - canon world, but nonetheless the fact that it has had a gut wrenching impact on your little world shows that not only is it art, but is art with a visceral dimension.

I am happy enough with the concept of photographer as voyeur,
provided it is between consenting adults of equal
status/power/wealth etc.

I know, I know ... I should sell all my photographic gear and give
the proceeds to the poor. I'm a hypocrite. I admit it. But these
pics are something that I could not bring myself to do. I am
embarrassed to look at them.

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Terry Lane
terryl@bigpond.net.au

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