What would Instagram be without feedback? This is a question that many of us should ask ourselves. We all love those validating likes and comments that make a photo worth posting. The meaning of a photo has been transformed in this medium. Julie and I want to strip the superficial, five-second-attention-span of the IG photo and take it back to its primitive roots.
One passage by René Magritte comes to mind:
"A painting hanging on the wall may be a disturbing factor; this disturbance is only superficial; it is caused by life; it is inevitable; fated; in the deepest sense it is order: law. There is nothing more peaceful than a plain surface, but the life of a good picture is more precious than the wall's silence. The train does not spoil the scenery."
Good photography demands reaction. Like the train that cuts across the landscape, it must cause some form of disturbance that transports the viewer to a psychologically significant place. Photos, or art for that matter, does not demand feedback. Photography should be something that happens to the viewer. Feedback is trivial to the power of the photo.
(I will make a point to say that we naturally enjoy feedback, but my point is that it is inessential to photography and should hold no importance when deciding whether a photo is "good" or not. The value is determined by the utility.)
Also, these photos are not good lol just including them because they were documented during the creative process.