AN EARTHQUAKE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING

THE RELEVANCE OF AN IMAGE IS ALWAYS CHANGING

Just a brief one for you – something that struck me this morning on the way to work.

Walked past a shot that I would always have photographed.

However, given the earthquake & subsequent tsunami in Japan last week, the image immediately takes on a completely different meaning, relevance and impact than it normal would have.

I find it fascinating that as events take place in the world and we are bombarded with information by the media, photographers, film makers, writers etc etc – we become saturated with thoughts and ideas on a subject that we otherwise would have been ignorant.

This photo, on any other week, would have been about texture, tone, colour and the streets.  Today it is about sympathy, tragedy, natural disasters and how we like to think we are strong but in reality are very very weak.

The meaning and relevance of an image can change from minute to minute as our visual consciousness evolves based on events and information we absorb.

Food for thought and best wishes to all in Japan – thoughts are with you all for a speedy and safe recovery.

ROADWORK EARTHQUAKE (2011)

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