Friday, January 10, 2014

by ag

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JANUARY, 2014 UPDATE, PART 4

I’m the kind of person who stops to move dead animal carcasses off the road so they don’t get mangled any further, help a turtle or woolly bear caterpillar get to the other side before it’s crushed by a car, pick up a piece of litter and deposit it where it belongs, or return a shopping cart to the store entrance if it’s blocking a parking space. Whenever I do things like this, I can’t help feeling a little embarrassed, weird, or guilty because this isn’t the norm. I wish I felt otherwise but that’s just who I am and the kind of society we unfortunately live in. (See http://emmakisiel.com/project/at-rest for a photographer whose work with roadkill has been a profound inspiration.)

Aside from the above link, what does all this have to do with Pixetera? I noticed in 2013 that photography is one area I feel zero shame about: I could be photographing something that looks totally ridiculous to an observer without feeling the slightest need to explain myself, apologize, or make excuses. Almost nothing else I do is accompanied by the complete self-assurance and conviction I have taking pictures. Sometimes this has gotten me into trouble with cops when they ask what I’m doing. “WTF does it look like I’m doing, officer?”

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When I think about photography as a form of play, I keep coming back to its central aspect: finding visual interest in mundane subjects one would ordinarily never point a camera at, e.g., dirty dishes in the sink, crumbs on a plate, lines in a parking lot. That, and titles which play on words. or draw connections between wildly different subjects, is where much of the amusement lies for me. I hope it gives others a chuckle as well.

Finally, I want to thank and acknowledge many of you, not only for your interest and support, but also for the images you make and share. I am blown away by the quality and quantity of imagery that amateurs as well as professionals are producing throughout the world — every hour of every day. (And I’m not even privy to the world of Instagram.) It’s a shame there aren’t more museums to exhibit all this work but at least we can be thankful for the web.

Enough talking though for one year. Only images for the next 12 months :)