caged woman

Started Jul 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
Robbster Regular Member • Posts: 293
Re: caged woman


First, it's a top notch bit of photo journalism. The photo journalist captures the world as it is, good, bad and indifferent, and the tension in the moment and objectification taking place stand out loud and clear.

Second, as documentation of this little slice of the world, I believe it shows what a sad and lonely place the world can be even with bright lights shining and lots of people around. There is no connection, no relationship, just objectification, emphasized by the cage and her stance in the moment of quiet before the action begins, and the vacant, sidelong glances from the audience.

I believe the photo journalist plays a critically important role in our culture, and yet, faces a constant task of evaluating how far to go when dealing with difficult, uncomfortable or tragic situations. There is a boundary, but it's really hard to define in advance or via hypothetical situations. Any of us can choose to engage in photo journalism when we're out in the world, such is not limited to professionals, which is part of the wonder of photography in general and pervasive digital photography especially.

Not a "nice" photo, but well done as photo journalism illustrating a tough and sensitive subject.
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