Further to last week’s thing about low-risk fotography/living . . .
I talked a bit about my admiration for anyone who embraces a bit of risk
in their lives and mentioned how events in Ukraine and what Pussy Riot
are doing are examples of how to shake things up. (And things do need
shaking up. Come on . . . admit it, even from your comfy perch, sitting
in your heated or cooled home, reading this on your day off from an
actual job, deep down you are dissatisfied.)
Anyway, a thought occurred to me after I posted that thing . . .
Pussy Riot’s actions and, to a lesser extent, the events in Ukraine, don’t
exist in a vacuum, they need to get out into the world to really have an
effect. And this is where fotografy (and media in general) play a part.
While fotografers (and other media-types) assume a certain amount of
risk reporting upon troublesome events, most often what gets seen is
the same old, same old. I suppose there are a few reasons for that. One
would be that there is a definite lack of imagination in the news biz.
Couple that with the fact that, by and large, we like to be comfortable,
even when consuming horror and tragedy. We want the images coming
from these events to be familiar, to have a narrative we can easily under-
stand. Complexity is too risky and we eschew risk, even in the images and
stories we like to consume.
After a problem or two at the printers, SAME OLD STORY has been delivered.
We’ll spend some time this weekend packaging all the pre-sold copies and
drop ‘em in the mail on Monday.
All the pre-orders come with an original 5×7 print. We will be continuing that
offer the next week. So if you want the print, order your copy of SOS soon.
The image that comes, as an original print, with pre-orders
And then it’s on to the next thing: “Back to me.” by Christina Riley.
Christina, who lives in California, is visiting Kapital City for a week or so and
while she’s here we’re getting her book firmed up.
A dark, haunting, a tale of love and madness. Coming soon. Sign up for the
STRAYLIGHT newsletter (below) to be kept abreast of its release date and
Special Edition offers.
Christina, on the way to the printers.
Proofs, and the cover.
Christina holds a cover proof.
And, finally, not a STRAYLIGHT publication, but also available at our webstore: “Strength
in Disorder”, by Olivia Johnston.
This photographic portfolio presents portraits of women who have suffered through,
and recovered from, an eating disorder. These portraits are paired with selections
from interviews conducted with each woman about her illness.