I like to ask provocative questions. Here is the query from Fabulon’s recent photography show “A New Take on the Portrait”: How can we use the camera to record document and foster more unity, empathy, and harmony?
The responses were quite motivating.
Capturing moments of happiness between friends/family and strangers helps foster unity no matter the language.
By capturing the ephemeral moments that show love, compassion and caring in the world we can create a better feeling of well being in others. This will supplant the feelings of fear and anxiety we harbor from the images we see in the media.
Record the images of pain, glee, and family.
By taking the WHOLE picture. By being less subjective and more objective.
Taking more photos with less judgment.
Although a photo is 2 dimensional, it has the capacity to stretch and deepen our emotions. For a moment, two or more people are equal in a page. When one takes time to look they realize we are different but alike at the same time.
Document photos of assorted groups of people on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market in
Marion Square. Have individuals pose together who have never met before. People from all walks of life gather there.
Take photos of people with adorable animals in them and share on social media.
These last two responses sound like a call for art or a topic for a thesis. Could we really have diverse people pose, introduce any two strangers for the purpose of an image, or get opposing forces to unite long enough to snap a photo? And would it make a difference? You might think not. I never understood why people would leave flowers at the scene of a tragedy. Then I saw the video of the little boy in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9bk76nB6Bk
Watch his face. He does feel better. And that is a start. Maybe a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe pictures can effect change.
The photography show will be hanging until December 30. Stop in and see what you think. Add a comment of your own.
Have a Happy Holidays!
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