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Old 10-27-2017   #1
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Do you sometimes feel that the reason you are doing photography is to create a new world that is better than reality? I sometime feel that from time to time. I take photos which can remind me that it is still worth it to live in this world. Probably, if I don't have my photos, I already did some stupid shit in my life. Do you think it is normal to be like this?

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Do you sometimes feel that the reason you are doing photography is to create a new world that is better than reality? I sometime feel that from time to time. I take photos which can remind me that it is still worth it to live in this world. Probably, if I don't have my photos, I already did some stupid shit in my life. Do you think it is normal to be like this?
In human behavior, and for than matter almost anything in nature, there is no normal. There is a central value that can be determined with any group and factor, but it is just a mathematical convenience, and does not represent anything that exists necessarily. Ignoring for the moment what I just said I would say that doing stupid shit is pretty much human normal!
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I do use my photography to relax and unwind sometimes - okay, a lot - but I am not so ambitious about it as to create an alternate reality. For me it is more about preserving good times.
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That's possible. I know a few people who are spending their time with different activities to escape from their so called "reality". I have a friend who was once suffered from depression. Every time she's upset, she will stay for days in her room and painting anything she wanted to. I saw a few of her pieces and I really noticed that even her painting shows sadness. One day, we (me and a few of our very close friends) talked to her and convinced her to see consult about her condition. Good thing the specialist said that it was not really a serious type of depression but still she had some therapy sessions. She's now better and back to her social life.
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It is still worth it to live in this world. I take my pictures for different purposes, I live on them. but those photographs I charge for are not the ones I love the most. I am always photographing things, all kinds of things and people. I don't do it to create an alternate reality, but to expand the existing one. sometimes I show my pictures to people who happened to be in the photograph or in the area at the moment of shooting. Amazingly, most of them didn't realize what was happening, or missed part of it. I like to think that I was there at the time to catch part of the reality of the moment and keep it there for everyone to see. As long as anybody sees your pictures or if you take them for just yourself, it's worth to live in this world. Somebody will need to see them one day.
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In human behavior, and for than matter almost anything in nature, there is no normal. There is a central value that can be determined with any group and factor, but it is just a mathematical convenience, and does not represent anything that exists necessarily. Ignoring for the moment what I just said I would say that doing stupid shit is pretty much human normal!
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I realized that somehow my photos represent certain personal issues I am experiencing at the moment. I take photos as a mechanism on how to stop being paranoid. It usually helps, but sometimes it's tough to always depend on my photography. I decided last week to consult with a professional so I can be assessed if there's anything that I can do to help my emotional stability.
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You could say that what I do as a photographer is
the opposite of escaping reality. The general idea of
some agreed-upon, or "default", reality is quite alien
to me. So it sometimes leaves me feeling alienated.

But that doesn't lead me to flee or try escaping from
it. Even if it sometimes seems a threatening thing, I
tend toward a "know your enemy" approach. Acoarst
the CIA and such agencies have the same goal, and
do "hide from" their adversaries, so as to accomplish
that getting-to-know-them mission.

Which puts me back On-Topic, thread-wise. I've got
no use for any "realities" that I could intentionally
construct by photography or any other endeavor. To
me, photography is an inspection tool by which I can
get a better look at the "general" reality around me.

The value of photo-for-inspection does include some
"covert" aspects, but I don't need to be sneaky nor
covert about making the photos. The covert aspect
is that I'm "hiding" from the subjects AFTER making
the photo. I can do my inspections or analyses when
NOT in the presence of the subjects.

My approach does not require geekish image quality
that "captures reality" in excruciating detail. Detail is
NOT what makes a record of "general reality" useful
for later reflection, study, analysis, etc. Example: We
study or reflect upon the "general reality" of the past
usually thru vernacular snapshots made very casually
by unskilled users of box cameras or other technically
highly deficient gear.

So pix are sorta taxidermied reality for later study in
private, but a second use is that I can share pix with
one, two, or many-many others, and experience their
hugely divergent takes on my "specimens" of reality.

Hope something from the above was helpful


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