Saturday 9 November 2013
Documentary - 1
That's what they said,
I'd scattered the photographs large and bold across the floor.
I've spent the last few years trying to escape from documentary. It was what I did. Now I don't. Or so I thought.
There were reasons for my escape from that harsh world of reality. Perhaps it wasn't reality. That harshness and suffering, even misery. Not real at all for those who looked in magazines, newspapers, colour supplements, books and galleries. Perhaps it was all a different kind of fantasy and artifice for them. If it had clearly showed the reality they would look away. Perhaps some did look away from the more powerful ones. I do now. In fact I no longer even try to look at them.
The Life Room project with Suki was so much safer it seemed to me.
It was about art, not reality. A place of gentleness and quiet, intense concentration. People creating not destroying. Growth rather than decay. Promise not despair.
But there too there is a power struggle. Who is in control? The artist or the model? Who is dominant and who submissive? They all give different answers. Suki has documented it and curated discussion on her blog. Do read some of the issues here, here, here and here. There was also an interesting Radio 4 programme relating to it the other day, Behind the Looking Glass.
So perhaps I am still involved in conflict and documenting it.
I'd tried so hard to escape from it but failed.
Must try harder.