HEATHER TAIT – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

The rather wonderful Heather Tait has been kind enough to grace us with her unforgettable shot and a brilliant one it is too.

I think Heather’s comments about the role of a Photographer are really interesting and Heather’s work and discussions I have had with her have always had a big impact on my own views as to the delicate line Photography sits on next to exploitation.

Enjoy the image below and please check out Heather’s other work as it is always unique, piognant and witty.

HEATHER TAIT – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

Heather Tait (The Shot I Never Forgot), 2005

Heather Tait (The Shot I Never Forgot), 2005

I took this photo during the aftermath of the 2005 Tsunami in the southern India. When I first saw the image I couldn’t bare to look at it. Something about the man’s gaze troubled me and left me feeling rather uncomfortable. Here is a photo of a man who had suffered huge trauma and there was I, intruding on his grief and photographing him. What did he get out of the relationship? So I never showed it to anyone.

But it’s an important image for me because it made me question the role of the photographer in situations of trauma and high drama.  It made me question whether the photograph can still be useful as a tool for social change, in today’s world filled with imagery.  It made me question lots of things about photography actually. So I’m very pleased I took it. And I’ve never forgotten it.

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For more images and information on Heather’s work, please visit these links:

Website: www.taitmodern.com
Tumblr: taitmodern.tumblr.com

Parade Margate (Gallery): www.tumblr.com/blog/parademargate

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