On photography



2017/2018 mixed media
photographs, watercolour



This series references an essay by Susan Sontag named "On Photography" in which she describes some of her thoughts and observations on the subject. Here are a few quotes from the text: "…like every mass art form, photography is not practised by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defence against anxiety, and a tool of power.“ and further "as photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure. Thus, photography develops in tandem with one of the most characteristic of modern activities: tourism.“ The pieces of the series consist of photos taken on a vacation on the island of Lanzarote. They are a classic example of what Sontag describes in her essay,“…indisputible evidence that the trip was made, that the program was carried out, that fun was had.“ By covering these images with paint I made an attempt to release them from their original purpose of being evidence of an act of consumption, disorientation, insecurity.