PHOTOGRAPHY, IT’S IN YOUR TONGUE…

Photography is a peculiar language as in The Christ’s desiples talked to those who came from other countries in their own tongues

The photographer or perceiver chats to the viewer about the subject through the produce of another photographic small talk that was had with the photographer’s subject…

The English word perceive comes from the Latin ‘to seize’ or ‘to take’, when I perceive as a photographer I come away with an aspect or taste of my subject. When I sit down to drink in an Ethiopian style coffee with my friend H, it is my tongue that tastes the infused clove in her offering. It is also with my tongue that I tell others of the delights of upper Dr Pixley  KaSeme Street here in Durban.

As photographers we don’t just take ‘shots’ of our subjects, we actually bring forward to our viewer a taste of our subject as the tongue both tastes and tells of the world around as all…

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IT’S A BALLET

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It’s a cut in time, did we get it? Moments are all around us, it’s about the zone. life is like ballet, it is a stage and we all have a part; perceiver, subject and viewer are positions of need in the narrative I call photography. There is no spoon feeding here, this is not a documentary on the big screen, no sitting back with music, words and just absorption on the Lazyboy in the lounge.

Narrative photography is a place of work, no sitting back for anyone. Maybe thats why its not popular, its not for a consumptive society of lazy boys…

-MONKEY & MAIDEN-

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Walking through the Montclair park, looking for the starting point for a new sketch; the trees and grass patches said to me, ‘slow down we have something for you.’ I waited and a monkey jumped down from a tree and a young woman walked through the shade…