Michel Foucault. Discipline & Punishment (1975)

Panopticism

‘He is seen, but he does not see, he is the object of information, never the subject of communication’ – What happens when you know your being watched? Does society act differently when they know someone is watching them?

Every day we know were being watched when going about our daily routine – does this mean that while we are safe in our homes that we act differently?

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George Orwell’s book – big brother theory

Camera angle would be high in corner when shooting my video like CCTV – in big brother chair

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Guards have a massive state of power – power is a main theme in this texts. Power in other places? Who holds true power?

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Panopticism is the extreme of being monitored and watching someone, in this text it is acceptable because the people being watched are criminals, madmen and patients but what if it wasn’t dangerous people like these? What if, like the text implies, it was schoolchildren being watched, victims?

–          Stalkers

–          Robbers

–          Violence.

Susan Sontag. On photography (page 65)

The Heroism of Vision

‘Nobody ever discovered ugliness through photographs.’ – there is always someone who is going to think the ugly image is beautiful , it might be down to something that reminds them of a better time or their childhood. No image could be regarded as ugly to all. In fact some images are beautiful because their unattractive.

http://www.thebeautifulugly.blogspot.com/

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‘The image-surfeited are likely to find sunsets corny; they now look, alas, too much like photographs.’ – This is an idea I can relate to perfectly, I wouldn’t take a photograph of a flower or a sunset because they have become cliché. It would never be original; yes flowers and sunsets are beautiful but for me taking their photograph seems like a waste of time. I want my images to mean something, have relevance to something, and not just be documentation of something beautiful.

For example, I googled ‘Sunset’ and found 75,400,000 results. Then ‘Flower photography’ and got 11,000,000 results. This shows how widespread these shots are.

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This text dials down to the question: What is beautiful?

Liz wells, Photography: A critical Introduction (2006)

Photography and the modern (Page 18)

‘Our vision will be changed because we can see the world from unfamiliar viewpoints’ – Now that we have photography, we can see more, learn more and understand more about the world. Facts can be shared, knowledge can be shared. An image isn’t just a split second in someone’s memory anymore, it is a document. A slice of memory for the whole world to see and create their own memory from.

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‘It is possible, for example, however roughly, to describe the way somebody walks, but it is impossible to say anything about that fraction of a second when a person starts to walk. Photography with its carious aids (lenses, enlargement) can reveal this moment.’

–          This speaks of the split second that a photograph can capture.

–          Speech and communication can describe to somebody how something happened but photography can capture the moments before, during and after.

–          Because of this photograph can misrepresent, it can distort the truth and create something fake just for a second.

–          Jill Greenberg’s End Times – Babies Crying

–          Wiebke leister‘s Neck over Head – children being tickled.

–          These examples are of photographers who distort truth to create an image. The babies crying and forced to and are soon calmed and the images of children being ticked could easily be misjudged because they have striking resemblance to children in pain.

 

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