I have recently received an email from a former student of mine that is applying to a few photography schools around the world, she has received a few questions to answer in order to convince the faculty to grant her a scholarship. I find it amusing how a school requires as a prerequisite a level of understanding of the medium that only years of practice may eventually grant.
Here are the questions she received and my personal answer.
What is the difference between your projects and other peoples projects? As much as what they show as in what they are but is not shown?
Kafka once wrote “you won’t put together any picture” this is what my projects are all about, and not only for my personal approach, but mainly because any picture is and will be unrealistic. Any picture any project is a patchwork of preconceived ideas photographers force into an acceptable, bourgeois shape, with my personal photographic experience I let the unpredictability of the world and its lack of harmony to emerge.
We are part of a wide “picture”, your personal request of submitting a project instead of single pictures demonstrates how inffective is nowadays an isolated image, for how perfect that may be. I may suggest a further step in the growth of a photographic consciousness: I personaly believe that even projects are a limited way of looking at a person’s work and vision, therefore I welcome you all to envision what a lifetime of experience and research path has led me to. I hold no truth, I am a mere witness.