Non-non-photography Day

by     /    July 18, 2006   

The site nonphotographyday.com states:

Non-photography day is an effort on my part to revive the moment by putting down the camera. It is a day to think about how life exists, in essence and not appearance and to understand the inadequacy of the photograph in describing this essence…

Well, ok, if that’s what you need to do, then fine. If you feel your photography is cutting you off from the world too much, and making you focus too much on appearances, then I can see why you’d want to put your camera down once and a while. But instead of just putting the camera down, maybe you should reexamine how and what you photograph. If you feel your photography is cutting you off from the world, it might not be because of the nature of photography itself — it might be because of how you use photography. For me, my photography is how I connect to the essence of the world around me. It is how I stop looking at things reflexivity and automatically, and begin to see what is really there. It is my form of meditation, my prayer. It is how I connect to the world instead of just existing in it. But then again, that’s just me.

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