In this solo show Bart ponders inspiration, and particularly how things we disapprove of and dislike can none-the-less inspire us. Bart also ponders the really big question — does photography make a difference? This show was inspired by some great discussions on two recent Shutter Time episodes (193 & 195) with Antonio Rosario, Sid & Mac.
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Response to/Inspired By
- Shutter Time with Sid & Mac Episode 193: Pulitzer Prize Photographs with Antonio M. Rosario — shuttertimewithsidandmac.com/…
- Shutter Time with Sid & Mac Episode 195: Different Sides of Inspiration — shuttertimewithsidandmac.com/…
“the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”
- Pulitzer Feature Photography prize winners — www.pulitzer.org/…
- Inspiration is an inverse bell curve — things that we approve of or like a lot can inspire us very strongly, things we don’t care about don’t inspire us, and things we strongly disapprove of or dislike a lot can inspire is very strongly too.
- Everyone is comfortable with the positive side of the inverse bell curve, but some find the negative half somehow disconcerting, or worrying, or distasteful
- To me, inspiration is one of the most positive forces in the universe because it allows us to turn something terrible into something good.
- What inspires me to photograph?
- Mostly my love of learning, and of sharing knowledge (trains, local landscapes, local history, nature …)
- Sometimes, an emotional journey (monochrome historic cemeteries project)
- Does it make a difference?
- Pulitzer prizes are very often than photos of human suffering caused by other humans — if photos of these things make a difference, why do they still happen?
- Making a difference is not all or nothing — award winning journalistic photography does not end all human suffering, but that doesn’t mean it does nothing!
- Prize-winning photos are by definition a selection, so while they do show that there is still suffering in 2018, they don’t tell us anything about how wide-spread that suffering is, or whether or not things are worse on average or better on average in 2018 than they were in 1918.
- IMO, if a photo makes one person stop and think, it was worth while.
- Change is very slow, and very incremental, but it’s built upon billions of little moments where someone was somehow inspired to think, to ask questions, or even just to feel.