The Scene

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The Scene: A Frozen Moment in Time
“A photograph is not just the result of an encounter between an event and a photographer, picture-taking is an event in itself, and one with ever more peremptory rights – to interfere with, to invade, or to ignore whatever is going on” (Sontag, 11).
Photography narrates the world. A simple photograph can freeze time, halt any moment you please. Photographers have a choice to choose between telling a narrative and expressing art. But when it comes down to it, no matter how complete or comprehensive a narrative appears it will always be the product of including some elements and excluding others based on what the creator wants to be viewed. Inclusion/exclusion is part of what construction is all about, but knowing what is best included or excluded requires an understanding of context. With narrative or art photography events are not found objects waiting to be discovered, they are created, whether by the photographer or the person within the photograph. If it is a live action, journalistic photograph, something led up to that moment in time, it was created. In photography, narrative is related to the idea of context, that is where the photographer comes in and adds their point of view and taste on a subject matter.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard uses a narrative format to portray exactly what he wants to be seen in his photographs “Untitled” ca. 1960 and “Romance (N.) from Ambrose Bierce #3” from portfolio 3 ca. 1964. Susan Sontag’s ideas of Plato’s Cave and Allan Sekula’s idea of possible meaning; will relate to what Meatyard is depicting throughout his photographs. He uses masks to universalize each individual. He sets his photograph in areas and scenes that are appealing to him; that will add context to his photographs. Using the masks relates to Sekula’s idea of possible meaning. What is Meatyard’s meaning for the masks? Why does Meatyard…...

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