Photographs are not accidents.

For Earth Below

I read an artist’s statement today that said, “My shooting style is so-called snapshot, so I can say all of my photographs were taken by a mere accident. They are the photographs of somewhere yet nowhere.”

Photographs are not accidents. One makes a choice to press the shutter when that which is seen, felt, observed, etc., is there. This photographer made a choice to shoot “snapshot style”. While I can understand the idea, the notion, of  photograph being representative of no place in particular, a place that is unidentifiable, it is still a representation, a document in part or whole of what was/is there. A photograph, fabrication aside, cannot be of somewhere yet nowhere.

Thoughts?

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