I’m prepping for a talk on my manuscript in progress which features street photography and poetry.
In some ways, the camera has become my sketchbook.
Here’s Henri Cartier-Bresson from The Mind’s Eye (and the first part of the book is titled “The Camera as Sketchbook”):
For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. (The Mind’s Eye pg. 15)
For the street photographer, the camera is a tool for thinking …
Here are some of the photographs I’ll be talking about, the first of which has been featured in a previous entry.
They are each paired with a poem in the manuscript.
I’m only including fragments of the accompanying poems here.
“how hong kong works, no one knows,
though everyone says mm goi, mm goi,
thank you, small favour, another name
for waiter, excuse me, help.”
“one can only be a tourist
constantly taking pictures
posing and making sense”
“i tell myself i am a camera
though i am a camera trying to be a man
because a camera captures everything
and is nothing in itself.”
What they have in common: they’re about looking at the act of looking. In a way, these are photographs of myself…
Thanks for reading.