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I've read in facebook the Manifesto of Slow Photography Project www.facebook.com/slowphotoproj…
written by Diego Mormorio. I found it very interesting and so much in accordance with the way I am feeling toward photography these days.
I'd love to hear your opinion on it...here is the english translation of the italian text:
Slow Photo is a way of living photography. Of considering it passion and fun, not separated from awareness and responsibility. As much as Slow Food doesn't mean eating slowly but eating well - with no rush, good, clean food, natural in the way it is produced, and with the goal of a less intensive machine farming - Slow Photo doesn't mean photographing slowly but photographing consciously.
It means living photography as aesthetic experience and at the same time as a mental process and cultural commitment against consumerism. It is both a personal path and a civil statement.
Slow Photo is enjoying photography without being swallowed up by the society of products.
For what concerns the technique, Slow Photo is not preclusive, it is not against digital, nor against analogic. Every technique can be used to practice a conscious photography.
For Slow Photo the author's value stays in the ability of the author to reach his purpose without being consumed by the instrument he is using.
Slow Photo is not an aesthetic vision. It believes that whoever practices photography with consciousness, whatever the formal outcome, contributes if not at improving, at least at not worsening the world, and at reaching personal satisfaction.
Slow Photo is a way to share, dialogue, live photography friendly. In the society we are living in, it is a right of self-defense.
In this 'social' society we are living in, everyday I am exposed to too many street photos, coming from sites, blogs, links. Too many opinions, stating everything and the opposite of everything. Images are produced and consumed too fast and with no control and self control, generating only confusion or boredom. Street photos must become more and more impressive to make an impact anymore, an impact which has to be immediate otherwise the image gets immediately lost in the myriad of images. Photos blur together, everything becomes the same, deja-vu, cliché. Nothing is enough. Enough original, enough new, enough of effect. We are accustomed to the unexpected. Boredom settles in. And at the same time we are or feel forced to adapt to this consumeristic view of photography. We try to keep up, to overproduce, to over-perform, to over-share, to conform to the most successful style at the moment, losing ourselves, our natural style or sensitivity, and we end up consumed and devoured, enslaved by our instrument. Maybe we should slow down a bit, accept less inspirations and incitements and give them time to settle in and grow in us. Maybe we should learn to reflect on what we are doing and on what we are seeing. Maybe this will mean being less social, hence less popular, but not less authentic.
Maybe I am just rambling and this is just one more opinion, some more spam in a sea of spam. But for sure I feel like the more I watch photos, the less I feel like taking some...
I'd love to hear your opinion, on the Manifesto or on whatever you want