Archive for the 'Reality/Fiction' Category

could it be real?

June 25, 2008

Copyright The Sartorialist
The Sartorialist is a fashion photographer with 15 years experience in the industry. He has this wonderful project online, he snaps photos of people he encounters off the street.

Aside from the rich and layered fashion ideas one can glean, particularly from the images done in Milan, I found myself wondering… is this for real? Are these real people? They had all the qualities of characters from film and I love that! Definitely worth browsing the archives on this fantastic blog!


worlds and worlds and more worlds

June 25, 2008

Photo copyright Matthew Barney.
I always liked films, the kind of films in which you sit down and at the end it takes you maybe just a moment to emerge from the ‘reality’ of the film. The story, the characters become real. That’s something I appreciate about matthew barney’s work, the way he pushes the absurd into a reality. Even though the characters are obviously artificial the images have a reality to them, that is absent from a lot of staged photography.

I guess as a I re-think things and move toward my newest project, this is where I’m trying to be… creating a world blurring staged, documentary creating a reality that’s a complete world of it’s own. I don’t know.

reality and other fictions

June 20, 2008

I guess I’ve always been interested in the line between reality and fiction. Bewteen documentary and staged photography. I’ve been kicking it around in my head for years. I guess I’m a product of the age we’re in… everyone’s kicking this around.

In Nosferatu, Werner Herzog hired gypsies to play the role of gypsies warning the young protagonist (played by Bruno Ganz) not to go to Count Orlok’s castle. There is something magical about that mixing of the real and imagined. Herzog calls this kind of mix ecstatic truth….

I’m bored by alot of documentary photography. It reminds me of dry academic texts created by removed, dispassionate researchers who some how believe that applying the right system of organization will provide sense to the world. I have no use for that, I read and saw enough of this in grad school.

Maybe it’s systems. Systems that I’m tired of… we’re all so organized, sensible, systematized. It’s exhausting and lacks magic, mystery.


This image, here. It’s by Tomas Munita. I like much of his work. I like this particular image because it looks like a fake to me. The tight composition, the lighting… it has a painterly quality to it, I wonder if he asked them to sit like this, moved people out of the way not to break his composition. I don’t really care what this image is depicting, I care more about what I can think of, what it let permits me to see. 

Too much of what we see is closed. It demands of us, you will see this. Blah!