“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is..”

by horngyih

“Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistable form of mental pollution.

Poignant longings for beauty, for an end of probing below the surface, for redemption and celebration of the body of the world – all these elements of erotic feeling are affirmed in the pleasure we take in photographs. But other, less liberating feelings are expressed as well.

It would not be wrong to speak of people having a compulsion to photograph: to turn experience itself into a way of seeing. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical to taking a photograph of it, and participating in a public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it in photograph form.

The most logical nineteenth-century aesthetes, Mallarme, said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book.

Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
— In Plato’s Cave, Susan Sontag “On Photography”

posted on facebook 18th December 2012