Is my work thus far egoistic self-absorption or does it speak to others about an aspect of my experience in a legitimate way that engages interest and stimulates thought?

I’ve been looking at all the self published photobooks on blurb and they fall into many camps. One such camp seems to be taking photographs and producing books for their own sake – often with pretty images that do not speak to me about anything in particular.

I hope I am not blinded to the risk of being too self absorbed in my endeavours and that the body of work I am developing  does not fall into that category. If it does then I will have wasted a lot of time and effort.


About Pete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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3 Responses to Solipsism

  1. I think any sort of creative endeavour inevitably involves at least a degree of self interest/absorbtion/analysis/narcissism, I think it’s kind of necessary. How else are you going to communicate anything if you’re unable to delve into and reflect on yourself? As long as it’s not detrimental to the work I don’t think it’s anything to worry about and I certainly wouldn’t say your pictures are just pretty images that don’t communicate anything, in fact i would say they’re pretty far removed from that, in a good way.

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  2. sarahlsnaps says:

    Far from being self absorbed! I really enjoy your project, Peter. Your images are personal but not egotistic! Your combination of frank and sensitivity always makes for interesting viewing.

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  3. Catherine says:

    I don’t think you’re self-absorbed because you you also record the world as you see it around you and I see how you engage with it. I do think you have a mission, which is to point out the problems and issues that face you and also other people. In that sense you are teaching viewers and encouraging them to look beyond their own experience.

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