Deception Pass, Washington
Continued from Post 418- My Next Photographic Exhibition...
You could sit at home and view great photographs on your big screen TV from the “Imaginary Photographic Netflix channel” or you could turn off the TV, get up off the sofa and head out to your friendly local photographic art gallery to see an exhibition of photographic artifacts. Why do people make that choice?
I think people make that choice to see something they cannot see at home. If we can view perfect images on our television sets at home in an increasingly large size, why would you come to see a gallery exhibit? If you can see a perfect photograph on a sixty five inch screen at home, the gallery is going to have to have an image that is bigger. I think that’s why the galleries and museums are headed to exhibiting photographs where the dimensions are measured in feet, not inches. Galleries and Museums have to show huge photographs because they need to produce the spectacle that you cannot see at home. It might analogous to the carnival side show giving the everyday person access to something they might not ever see.
On might also consider the social aspects of such an event. The exhibited artifacts might not be the sole reason for an expedition but aspects of a social gathering of a kindred spirits seems to me to be a really good second reason. We go to meet people that are interested in seeing the same thing we are interested in seeing. The artifacts provide the chance to spark conversations about the subject of the photographs. The interest might not be the images at all, but what the images are about. It could be a meeting place for those interested in the topic of the photographs and not necessarily the photographs themselves.