The act of photographing, putting an object in between us and the world is a heroic act of freezing the constantly moving flow of experience.
I used a phenomenological inquiry as my method for investigating: the individual’s unique experience of the changing contemporary society and the way human beings find themselves existing in the world. A crucial phenomenological thesis is that people are always actively making meaning of their physical world in relation to mental phenomena – our emotions, feelings and thoughts. We always perceive and construe through the subjective lenses of our age, language, history of life, family or cultural background. Today we are adding another layer to our perception. Not only we use metaphorical subjective lenses mentioned above but also lenses of our point and shoot cameras, I-phones or I- pads. To say: - everyone is a photographer seems to be an over used simplification. To say after Susan Sontag: it’s mainly a social rite, defense against anxiety and a tool of power, might bring more understanding of the modern digital society.
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