Monday, 15 April 2013

The Relationship Between Photographer and Subject Matter

I found these photographs of polluted landscapes by David Maisel absolutely captivating. There’s something hauntingly beautiful about the acrid colours and harsh lines.

But what I also found fascinating was a comment made by the photographer at the end of the article. Maisel explains that his photographs are not meant to be directly critical of any particular industry and points out that photography requires the very resource extraction and manufacturing that caused the pollution his work depicts. He admits that he’s “embedded in the subject matter of this work.”

I thought this was a really interesting idea – that artist and subject matter are not only linked but reinforce each other.

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