Friday, October 27, 2017

Figures in sunlight

Today was sunny. And the postman brought me a new camera — an Olympus Mju (Stylus) Zoom 140 which I found on eBay. I thought I'd try it out around Sheffield City Centre.

In these images, there is minimal 'human interest'. Of course, there will always be some. But it is a question of balance. Faces are obscured or hidden, not out of some false notion of modesty or decorum but because who these figures are is the least important thing.

One could argue that obscuring the human face merely forces the viewer to look harder, subverting my original intention. But the point has been made. Look as hard as you like. You won't see anything more than what the camera saw, what is actually engraved in the image.

Cameras aren't interested in people. Only people are. The human eye looks for a face. A camera lens sees whatever you point it at.

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