A photo a day – spectacle or discourse?

This photo is of my lift. Its situated in the dining room and rises into the back bedroom. The point of view is looking upward from the dining room toward the hole in the ceiling and the upstairs back bedroom beyond.

The general approach I aim for in photography is to try and make statements or express things that work at different levels so that people who know about photographic culture and history can recognise any associations or connections my image might have toward it, and that people who no nothing of that culture and history can enjoy the photo for what it is.

Thus this image offers a discourse (Roland Barthes) about difference and how my life is fundamentally different from non disabled peoples lives. Like many of my photos it take its inspiration from the New Realists/Objectivity movement of the 1920s by aiming to reveal rather than transform the referent by offering people a new way of looking at the subject.

Only you can decide whether my approach works or not.


About Pete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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4 Responses to A photo a day – spectacle or discourse?

  1. Catherine says:

    I’m not familiar at all with the New Realists Movement but you’re certainly offering a new way of poking at something.


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