Camels, AK47s and RPGs, the stuff of the Darfuri genocide, Photo John Robinson.
I grew up on the Time and News Week weeklies; when in Lusaka International Airport you would have done well to try find me in the news agent stall pouring over the latest news weeklies on my way back home from boarding school in the ‘old’ South Africa. The pictures from around the world were just more palatable to me as a school boy then the milk shakes in the Skyways Restaurant just up the stairs from the news agent on the mezzanine level of the terminal building. It was not the leading story that always caught my childlike eyes, I was and still am one for the little stories, it was the glimpses into the space of other peoples worlds that kept me from the sugared drinks on sale at the time.
“Most of our readers would prefer a picture of a kitten on the front page of The Star newspaper.” – Robin Comley, The Star Picture Editor, Photojournalism Workshop at the IAJ, Johannesburg 1998.
The producers of luxury try to say to us that their products are superbly fashioned for use in the real world but they seem to be skittish to be advertised next to the pictures of like life. The un photoshopped world is still all around us, people know the difference and I think hanker for the space of that world. We know it when we are presented with a ‘worked’ picture of a sun rise or the flawless skin of a ‘sex kitten’.
My doctor once said to me that I had to change my lifestyle, I had become clogged up with all the wrong stuff. He said that too many additives are bad for me, too much sugar was just not that necessary. It’s the same with the world around us, we have become clogged up with a focus on the photoshopped lifestyle. I knew the difference; and I call out for the young ones that can still grow into a world that does not need so many sugars in their mix… JR