‚ÄúTo photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.‚Äù
‚Äï Susan Sontag, On Photography
Modern media envelops us in an unending stream of perfect images displaying beautiful people living ideal lives, in comparison to which the value and beauty of the quotidian can easily be forgotten. We use our sensitivity to the everyday world which surrounds us to capture that which might otherwise go unnoticed. There is an essential truth to these sorts of images, but also an innate misrepresentation. No one can reveal the full picture through a storytelling medium the length of which is only a fraction of a second. As such, “A Soft Murder” reveals both truth and mistruth in a single package.
‚ÄãOBSERVE is an international photography collective focused primarily on the practice of candid street photography. Spanning four continents we are united by a common fascination with watching and documenting the diverse humanity that surrounds us. While acknowledging that photography is at its core an individual pursuit, our membership finds benefit in mutual curation and support, discussion, and other collaborative interactions.
Kristin Van den Eede
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