This place pulls together a number of interests that I have relating to photography. The main themes are as follows:
Social documentary and photo-essays. It is hardly worth mentioning that good photo-essays often convey a sense of immediacy and emotion absent from narrative accounts of events. I hope to celebrate some of the best in this genre.
Street photography – In some ways ‘Street’ can be seen as a form of social documentary, although of course many would afford it artistic pretensions. I explore some of the best ‘Street’.
Film photography – My own practice involves film and the darkroom. In these pages I try to convey the beauty of this disappearing craft.
Philosophy – 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.
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