CHAPTER 4 - STAGING
I had to fight with people who lapidate staged photographs. Why anger in front of such an image? It is compassion we should feel. Cannot imagine greater pain and suffering than those which a photographer feels when trying to construct from scratch a scene obssessing him/her and not finding it around!
What is staging if not artificially creating the mojo needed for the reverie to happen. Photography, in its strive to reach Arcadia, is constantly escaping the studio for the streets, and vice-versa.
And when you will find Arcadia, Utopia, the Urban pastoral where you wanted your art to live and breath, then use this land of lost content to chase away the demons. Eliminate instead of planting meanings, reduce instead of expanding, sow doubt instead of explaining.
To be cont'd
NB: The pictures featuring here won't be in the book. I only wish I could have been the author. Instead, they reflect quite well my thoughts and this makes them extraordinary in my eyes. I am grateful to all those who give me the opportunity to see also through theirs.
Michail Moscholios - Photo by Arturo Marques Toca
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