Photographing sunset at Kippford.

Photographers' Haul

To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed...Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it.


Susan Sontag (1977)

‘Catching’ the sunset, 'taking' a picture, even 'bagging' a photo, we return from the fair ground of experience, our treasured goldfish secure in its plastic encasement. And we have been bringing the same kinds of trophies back since photography began: photographs which feature our families, our bodies and our travels. As our families grow-up or disperse we cleve to them; we search out bodies we desire and hold them closer; and we bring back tokens of far away places for others to admire and ourselves to regain. So we create microcosms, but these are small worlds that have been aestheticized. It is the happy family, the beautiful body, the splendid sunset that makes up our haul.

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Photographer 'catching' a sunset at Kippford in southern Scotland.   The quote is taken from her book On Photography which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.

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Saturday 9th
March 2019

Murphy on duty

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