Monday, June 15, 2009

Normal, IL: Documentary Photos

I recently bought my first digital camera. Inspired by the work of David del Pilar Potes, I decided to try my hand at some documentary photography. In particular, I'm interested in how photographs are arranged and the meaning that arises between pictures based on their linear relationship to other pictures. My background in fiction may explain this narrative approach to photography.

A single photograph will of course catch my eye; but for some reason, a gallery of photos produces a greater emotional effect. I want to know what I can do with a gallery. I can tell a story with the arrangement. . . the story can be literal, closer to an objective documentary style, or the arrangement can be more lyrical and associative, more subjective.

I also see myself as a "journalist". Not an old-school journalist, but a new media journalist. I don't work for a newspaper and I never have but my writing is hugely influenced by reading The New York Times. Combining my joy of essay writing and this new appreciation for documentary photography, I can see many possibilities for experimentation.


Billy said...

good show.

LiLu said...

"New media journalist"... I like it.

Kelvin Oliver said...

I liked within the first few pictures the one that had the books. I guess the library of books. Amazing photo. It is good that you are stepping into another interest of things you are inspire to do. I really like this post, too. There is something about meaning and the style of writing, the media, stories, and other pieces of art and hobbies.

dijeratic said...

I would like to see where you go with this - photographic narratives can be so powerful (remember Life magazine?), and since they are considered proof of an act or an idea, you can play within the framework (so to speak) of what is Truth - subject, objective and personal.

Lethe said...

Thanks for leaving the comments guys. Yeah, since I got this digital camera Im interested in the ways my photography can amplify my writings and vice versa. Furthermore, my interest in photo arrangement to me is my latest amateur art.

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