“Photography, for me, is just the perfect excuse.”
– Cristina De Middle
Christina is leading the charge for photography against mass media demanding what we see and how we should see it.I was looking at the Magnum galleries and saw some of her work and delved deeper into who she is and then came across the quote above.
I love this.
She doesn’t go into details about the perfect excuse- I mean, the perfect excuse for what?
To show the world what it is like through her lens/eyes?
To outline the distance that mass media is pulling us away from what we need to see?
To talk to people who she is photographing?
I am in that last camp for sure! When I go out into the various parks around Leeds with my camera I a not just wanting to take photos of the dogs that are there, but to have that conversation about their dog, about why they are in this park, how they are doing?
It starts the conversation, it starts a fleeting relationship, that might turn into something more. A friendship, perhaps showing the life of their dog over the years? Who knows? It is one of those intangible things that you never know how it will be.
For me, any excuse to talk, to pat, to photograph dogs and their owners is perfect!
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