the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.


My Dua Sen

"It is also a recognition of their worth – as human beings who have 'earned' our respect through their own efforts no matter how physically and mentally misshapen and uncoordinated they might be."
~TV Smith~

Here's my totally presumptuous, uneducated and non-professional dua sen ;D

Satu: Most photos are
memento mori. These photos participate in the disabled person's vulnerability and mortality. Just by virtue of being photographed, the subjects are touched with pathos. Ugly or misshapen or grotesque, they move us because they have been dignified by the attention of the photographer.

Dua: Photographed images of suffering don't necessarily strengthen conscience and ability to be compassionate. I don’t think they can create a moral position, though they certainly can goad or reinforce one. Any photograph has multiple meanings. It is the mere surface, a veneer, if you like. The ultimate wisdom of the photograph would be to compel us to think, or rather feel, intuit, what is beyond it.

Last but not least, these days, cameras are like predatory weapons. Users often 'shoot' at anything and everything as opposed to 'taking pictures'. There is a certain aggression about it. They are as automated as possible, ready to spring at all sorts of subjects, animate or inanimate. Just look at how addicted 5xmom and Huai Bin are with their 'weapons' :P



Blogger Lucia Lai said...

photographing the disabled or the poor is something sensitive.

as you are aware, percolator, i'm invovled in the SSVP in church where we help those who are poor or the disabled or even the mental case people. we are always told not to photograph the poor/disabled but if we want to, we must seek their permission and tell them what we are going to do with their photos.

this is because we feel it is not proper to display/exhibit/show photos of the poor/disabled as we pleased for their privacy and to respect their dignity... though most of them may not be aware of their own privacy and dignity.

however there are exceptions of course. we have to use our own discreetion and see how we are going to use their photos.

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