This was a difficult book to read for me. On one hand the language employed by the writer paints a very vivid picture of the art of photography, such as how she says that Photography makes the world appear more available than it actually is and how the photographs can only ever capture a small part of an experience, this was illustrated best in this powerful quote “Photography implies that we know about the world if we accept it as the camera records it. But this is the opposite of understanding, which starts from not accepting the world as it looks.” (Sontag 1977). It’s a shame that if not crudely drawn underlining I may not have noticed that phrase, in a sense the quote could refer to myself if you replaced the word photography with sentence.
What I took from what I read was that photographs give us insight although they withhold any meaningful truths and instead leaves the consumer to draw their own conclusions.
Upon watching this documentary I was reminded of my tutor’s words regarding a documentary that I had worked on in the first year, my tutor said that the it had story but lacked in visual reinforcement. This film was the perfect example of everything our film lacked, comparatively speaking of course. Not a word was uttered in this film without receiving a strong visual reinforcement, the talk of censorship over images of late night Japanese television and graphic sexual imagery, The faces of the people whom are aware of the camera presence yet dare not look into it except for one cold long stare.