CHAPTER 9 - MADNESS VS MEDIOCRITY
Again, what is Street Photography? Is it hyperrealism (extremely accurate reality), surrealism (contradiction between dream and reality), meta-realism (a comment on reality)?
It is all the above and all the rest, but foremost it is choices. And when you are making a choice, this isn't only photographic; "it is a choice of life, which leads you to exclude dramatic conflicts, the knots of contradiction, the great tensions of will, passion, aversion. So you think you are saving yourselves from madness, but you are falling into mediocrity, into hebetude", as Calvino puts it!
If madness is disturbing as an attribute for your work, then call it heroism, it won't change things very much, except the way your dissociative behaviour is perceived by an admiring public. Mediocrity on the other hand is very easy to achieve. Just let hypocrisy, egotism and conformism to invade you.
So what will it be? Madness or mediocrity? And why all the above absolutism about choices? Do they provoke rage in you, a shock? Do they violate your usual way of seeing? Good!
Furthermore, what once was considered contemplatively beautiful, it now inspires indignation. Moral decline or rise may in the future revive or annihilate your work. So stop worrying about something so futile and deceiving as the public taste of a consumer society.
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 Corneliu Sarion