Norma Desmond Posted June 7, 2011 Share Posted June 7, 2011 <p>I've watched several painters paint. I'm usually struck by how the process affects the results. Like watching them work helps me see action in their paintings, helps me see touch and movement. There is an element of performance to what I see when they make their paintings, and now the paintings themselves are also very much their making.</p> <p>I've compared photographing to dancing, especially photographing live subjects. Though we don't often have an audience (which is a considerable part of most performances), there is still a part of performance that seems involved, even the fact that the expression to an eventual audience/viewer will likely be involved. My subjects and I move each other around, respond to each other . . . it is physical. It can be graceful or clumsy. (Yes, "dance" is a bit metaphorical.)</p> <p>How that affects me is that it makes me aware of the motions (gestures) and rhythms of a shoot as somehow being incorporated into the individual still photos. It can bring in a time element. It's more than "the moment." It's why I hesitate to think of photos as captures.</p> <p>Something I'm unsure of is whether the viewer could or would perceive this without witnessing the making and whether that would matter. So I'm curious to hear your takes on it.</p> <p>I lean toward yes. Especially regarding a gallery or museum show, an on-line slide show, a book. These seem very much like performances to me. I was going to ask if the performance can be distilled into one photo. Instead, I'll ask if one photo can be expanded into a performance in its viewing.</p> <p>[To be clear, there are two aspects I'm asking about: Do you experience a sense of performance when making a photo? Do you experience a sense of performance when viewing a photo and do you think others might?]</p> We didn't need dialogue. We had faces! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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