Wednesday, June 10, 2020
06/20 An Argument for "Slow" Photography
It struck me that the speed at which photography had evolved from the early experiments of Louis Daguerre, Nicephore Niecpe, and Henry Fox Talbot to the images made of Mars, to the constant stream of images generated by digital media had perhaps now levelled off these perceived timelines to an equal level of evolution.
In some way the painting of Lucien Freud seemed like a conscious slowing down in time to find meaning in painting. It struck me that perhaps what photographers now need to do is to just slow down in a similar way. It struck me that perhaps it was time to just put down my phone and to pick up my camera again, and most importantly, to just start thinking a little more slowly about the images I was making when I did. In a curious metaphor, to start painting again. And to start believing that this was my/the best way to show, with some authenticity, what I saw and understood of my time of this planet.