Still Images Still Matter

June 1, 2019 Iris PhotoCollective

Still Images Still Matter

With the onset of the digital age, are we moving so fast that we often forget to gather our thoughts, reflect on our lives, and critically asses, think and question before we act?  Before we hit the like or share buttons, before we double tap?

The thirst to be first has been augmented by the hunger for the latest devices, technological advances, and “coolest” perspectives, causing audiences to suffer from over-saturation of visual stimuli.
Yet most don’t realize this and continue to scroll faster and faster, getting their visual fix without reflecting on what they are looking at and often missing the nuance, the message or the story altogether.

We, as visual communicators, are forced to feed the beast,  moving as if the photographic process travels at the speed of light, but at what cost?

What would happen if we actually slowed down? If we stopped treating our subjects as just visual props?

The photographic process has been my passport to understanding, my method of engagement with the world.  In other words, “it has always been personal.” I work to tell stories, “catching them” in fractions of seconds.  Hopefully they move audiences for years. Hopefully they are a force for good in the world.

This is why I make images.

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