Photography for Writers

Why does a writer aspire to make a book of photographs like a traditional photographer did, like me for eg. Why does the writer look to the ‘approach’ to photography as a traditional photographer did, which more often than not often was  ‘project’ based, for a variety of reasons. Why not trust that Woolfian Writerly stream of consciousness, in both the writing and the editing. And just as in writing, the ‘work’ is made in the editing. Photography in itself is just not enough.

Why does the writer not find a form that uses his words and images, expanding both, rather than one illustrating the other. Now that everyone can make photographs, and do, we might want to stop looking for ‘forms’ within Photography. That would be limiting at a time when Photography is expanding by the day.

Also as we seem to return to becoming a more image based society, it might be to the writers advantage to see Photography as another tool to be considered.

I would say the same to Cinema and Still photography. After all its just another button on the camera. I am sure there are several forms waiting to be discovered in that switch of a button. I for one, am very drawn to the moving still image, but others with more knowledge of cinema will find other forms.

The ‘skill’ in photography is how you see, not what you see. Yes it takes years to build that voice but as a writer if you could bring your own perspective (as you do in your writing) to your photography…the images will sing. And then the long solitary time for editing.

Infact what we need in Photography are the great editors, we never had too many but both Robert Delpire and Walter Keller were among them. Today, if I had to suggest someone, I would say work with a film editor. But a literary editor with a refined visual sensibility could also work. As long as you get past the notion of established forms for Analogue Photography. As soon as you think of Photography as your language and not a borrowed one.

Photography is a tool , accessible to everyone. The Book, the exhibition, the projection were forms of traditional Photography. Now that Photography is just the raw material, we will have thousands of new forms emerging.

I am no writer, and no writer could come close to Sebald, but Austerlitz is my dream book. My favorite Photo book infact.

Photography for Writers

T M Krishna on Sound and Art / a voice of ones own

It is precisely this thought in Music that can inform what ones does with Photography and Art, in my ‘humble’ opinion. This mastering of the medium and then pushing its limits. Trying to enquire into that “something else” that makes an image linger.

“The fascinating part is that there is soundless thala and sound-filled thala. And in that interaction between the silent and the visual, and the interlaying of the voice and the way it interacts with the sound and the lack of the sound, is where music is really happening.”

And that of course, is what makes the inquiry so valuable. He is looking for, and urging all of us, to settle for nothing less than the “limitless.”“The more diversity of people that are engaged in the art, is it not possible that the art gets more enriched? Is it not possible, that the more we remove these barriers or restrictions and limitations the explorations within the art itself will become more interesting — in the endeavour, in the hope rather, of every human being with a voice of any kind to stay true to that Self which is not about being selfish, which is not about herself or himself or to be in touch with that which is not about themselves, is the beauty of any music.”

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T M Krishna on Sound and Art / a voice of ones own