Friday, April 9, 2010

Salthill Sea View

Yes, this photograph is upside down. To tell you the truth, it didn't look half so good the other way up. Some of us can't bear the thought of chaos and in consequence they try to control everything. Yet this is impossible, even in photography. I can very well turn the world upside down, but it might not work in a picture - which obeys certain rules. Within the rules, I can play. Outside them it may look like a mess, rather like some modern art today. One thing is experimentation and another is schlock. If I turn a street photograph upside down it will look ridiculous, especially if it has people in it. If it's a reflection in a window though, I may have half a chance of making the picture work, because the viewer accepts that very particular and everyday world of reflections. Nonetheless, there has to be some element of criticism in photography, art and indeed, psychoanalysis. Without criticism we may compliantly accept what we are and not what we might become. The latter represents that world of possibilities, which makes us human. In some sense, when we enter psychoanalysis, we have to turn the world upside down - and sometimes we have to accept that this point of view may be the way things really are.