Norma Desmond Posted August 18, 2010 Share Posted August 18, 2010 <ol><li>The character of a photograph is an aggregate of qualities that form its individual nature. I said previously that a flute and oboe may each hold the same note for the same period of time and be in the same pitch yet will have different timbres. Their sounds will be of different characters or qualities. Much of the character of my photos seems to center around an (artificially) posed or staged feel within what are evidently real or natural environments and relatively spontaneous setups.<br /><br />Do some/many/all of your photos have a character you are aware of and can describe?<br /><br /><br /></li><li>I consider (and even treat) many of the subjects of my photos as if they are (or will be) characters in them. I am drawn to theatricality, both as staged in theaters and as discovered out in the "real" world. I notice everyday people posing all the time (especially while smoking cigarettes and kissing their lovers in public). Theater seems to isolate and exaggerate much that is human, making some things more obvious and accessible than they are when they occur offstage.<br /><br />Even if you don't create portraits or work with people in your photographs, is there some corollary to this use of character in your work. Do some of the "things" in your photos become like characters . . . or perhaps props?<br /><br /><br /></li><li>The character of the photograph or photographer can be a moral issue (i.e., a photograph or man of character). I hope my photographs display and address issues of character, those of my subjects, myself, and of some of the themes/topics I address. As I said previously, though I stick mainly to men of my age group (and gay men at that), I don't treat them as mascots or trinkets, I try not to elicit superficial pathos, and I am willing to show discord as well as harmony.<br /><br />Do your own works show anything (morally) about your character as a person or the character of the people or things you photograph? Do your photographs deal with themes or topics that have a moral character?</li></ol> We didn't need dialogue. We had faces! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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