Open Enquiry

Open Enquiry – A Group Exhibition by Pathshala-ECU students, Collaborative Workshop 2014.

At Drik Gallery from 2nd February to 7th February!

As Pathshala celebrates 15 years and the Edith Cowan collaboration is in its fourth iteration,there is value in reflecting on the profound changes that photography has undergone over this period. When the most prolific selling camera in the world is the one you find on a smart phone and the newspaper industry sources more and more content from the general public you have to ask what defines YOU as a photographer? When roughly 350 million images are uploaded to Facebook on a daily basis you have to ask yourself how will your images gain an audience?

History has shown that photographers are used to reinventing themselves and they will need to if they are to survive in a world littered with visual excess. Photographers need to embrace new forms of media delivery and take advantage of the ease that images can now be shared, rather than seeing the changing technology as a threat to their very existence.

As much as photography has changed, so much of it still remains the same. The content of photographs in this exhibit shows how fresh eyes on Bangladesh are seeing things differently, but the skill, patience and perseverance required in making an engaging photograph remain the same.Build on your foundations. Keep pushing forward, keep trying new things, take criticism on board but don’t take it as gospel.

As Susan Sontag suggested, “Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.”

Duncan Barnes.
Lecturer Photomedia, Edith Cowan University (2014).


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