Film doesn’t feel

2018-02-11

in Art, Photo essays, Photography, Psychology

One of the limitations of photography — especially that which eschews unrealistic post-processing — is that it provides limited means for expressing emotions. There is no link between the feelings in your mind and the data your sensor collects, unlike the stroke of a pen in forming a word of brush in making a drawing.

Nonetheless, photography is art-by-doing. An unaltered photo is a credible statement: I was at this place, these things were around me (Exif data can make it especially intimate). In that spirit, I tried to take a walk to express grief and pain photographically. When you’re sick with these feelings — when your brain feels like it’s being pulled apart — one answer is to travel somewhere strange and remote. To listen to the night wind blowing across something enormous and cold.

I’m working on practicing non-self-destructive ways of handling overpowering emotions.

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alena February 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

You clearly portrayed feelings of isolation, sorrow and vast emptiness. I find photos, even posed ones, filled with emotion.

Anon February 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

Photography might falter in expressing emotion, or just push photographers to use excessively blatant symbolism, if you can even call it that in the case of a graveyard

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