I am interested in the philosophical aspects of photography and believe it is fruitful to think deeply about photography’s relationships to literature, cinema, paintings and other art forms. As Heidegger recognised in ‘Being and Time’, we navigate the world in an immediately basic way without the need for a cognitive apprehension of each object that we encounter. Often, it is only when something seems ‘out of place’ that we notice it. Photography can wake us up to this fact, as if to startle us from a slumber.
In “My Street” I will be exploring what I consider to be ‘the aesthetics’ and the ‘form’ of the kinds of street photography that inspire me. ‘My Street’ starts from the premise that street photography has its own identity – in short, its own ‘form of life’, to borrow a phrase from Wittgenstein. Within this ‘form of life’ street photography expresses truths about the world, not just in terms of denotational reference, as in recording objects in the streets, but also in terms of metaphorical insights. Street photography comes alive when its images take on a significance beyond the scenes expressed in those images.
I hope you find something of interest in these pages.
My thoughts about film street photography is captured in the following article published at emulsive.org