“Photographs turn the present into past, make contingency into destiny. Whatever their degree of “realism,” all photographs embody a “romantic” relation to reality“, wrote Susan Sontag in the preface to Peter Hujar’s incredible (and now out of print) book ‘Portraits in Life and Death‘. She went on to write, “Photographs instigate, confirm, seal legends. Seen through photographs, people become icons of themselves. Photography converts the world itself into a department store or museum-without-walls in which every subject is depreciated into an article of consumption, promoted into an item for esthetic appreciation. Photography also converts the whole world into a cemetery. Photographers, connoisseurs of beauty, are also — wittingly or unwittingly — the recording-angels of death. The photograph-as-photograph shows death. More than that, it shows the sex-appeal of death“. Of course, this much is true. Having lost far to many close friends, the photographs, recordings that I have continue to keep those alive, to me, they help to keep me close, to appreciate the exisitance of love, lost. With mobile photography, it is possible to capture so much and so often, lives are sustained, photography unites in life as in death.
If you would like your work to be considered for entry into our weekly Mobile Photography and Art flickr group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here. If you would like to view our previous Flickr Group Showcases (please go here).
Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:
Vadim Demjianov, Luc Borell, Gianluca Ricoveri, David Welsh, Maddy McCoy, Liliana Schwitter, Poetic Medium, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Albion Harrison-Naish, Luison, Paul Toussaint, Tomaso Belloni, Dina Alfasi, Jun Yamaguchi, Jennifer Bracewell, Francesco Sambati, Lorenka Campos, Kathy Clay, Chouroro, Hotel Midnight – Deborah McMillion, Kate Zari Roberts, Rob Pearson-Wright, Eliza Badoiu, Tuba, Marguerite Khoury, Elaine, Donna Donato, Susan Rennie, Francesco x, Matteo Cammelli, Ted Silveira, Trish, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Clint Cline, Maurizio Zanetti, Sandra Becker, Marianne Rieter, Karen Axelrad, Sarah Kuhn
Music this week is ‘A Love Song’ by Xenia Dunford