Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reading Reflection: Notes on Photography & Accident

Moyra Davey's essay, Notes on Photography & Accident was an observation on the work of photography and how photos are captured in certain circumstances and the need for more photos in order of consumption. She describes photography as impulsive and spontaneous, and sees photographers having an "irresistible compulsion to seek a tiny spark of accident." Photography can capture any moment, or any activity, or any situation at any given time, and this can spark a desire in someone to take as many photos as possible to preserve the temporary moment or "accident." However, a photographer can take as many photos as they desire, but it is a mere false immortalization of the scenario; a disposable replica. There is a sense of futility when taking photos in order to preserve something; the situation has already passed and expired even before the photo is taken.

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