Photographs Not Taken
Some good points:
1. The growing “crisis” of photography has to do with the role of images in a media-saturated world. It is an instinctive response to the technologized, spectacular world, a mad cataloging that often resembles nothing so much as a vast collection of toenail cuttings. Does it matter??
2. To be and to shoot
3. “Many of the photographers offer descriptions or lists of pictures they wish they had taken, but they seem to recognize that attracted the to those moments in the first place were often qualities or intuitions of reality that no picture could express.”
4. “The desire to photograph the whole world, all of it, is not an attempt to recover or create memories. It is a need to affirm experience as expressible, if not comprehensible, and to create an aura of talismanic protection. Sometimes to gain that affirmation, you have to give up pursuing it.”
Being a mother and a photographer, she is torn between the two. She says that once she had twins, she was battling between the photographer within her as well as being a mother. When she did choose photography, every photo to her became a second of guilt—a second of her neglecting her children. She says that the fundamental challenge of motherhood is to be a mother. “The photographer declared war on the mother. And in those daily wars, the mother in me usually wins,” The majority if photographs are not being taken. When she decides to set so many limits, she pays the price with limited images—which makes her torn Most of the images she takes are stored in her eyes.
Clarence John Laughlin was born in 1905 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and spent most of his life after 1910 in New Orleans. Laughlin was initially a writer, but he was inspired by the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Man Ray, and received his first major project as a photographer in 1936 documenting the architecture of New Orleans. That was the beginning of his life as a ...
1. Battling herself between the photographer within and being a mother.
2. “The photographer declared war on the mother. And in those daily wars, the mother in me usually wins,”
For her she usually knows and develops relationships with those who she photographs. With these types of photos there are many photos that she chooses not to make, but she doesn’t regret not taking these because she trusts her intuition at the time not to take that photograph.
With strangers though, she develops a more street photography attitude and sometimes is shy to raise her camera. Sometimes she wishes she did, or she is too late from hesitation. Those are the ones she hates looses and they take up residence in her mind and hang around to remind herself that they don’t exist anywhere in the real world. She then goes on to talk about this situation in where there was a man with a coat with seagulls in the background. She says that she still thinks of this memory from ten years ago. “This is an image that I think about more than nay photograph that I have actually made.”
1. Not one to take photos of strangers, therefore not usually regretting a photograph
2. When she is in her “street mentality” she is shy or hesitant. She pictures an image that could have been from a memory over ten years ago.