up or down? In or out? 上也?下也?里也?外也?


For a long while, some believe photos can serve as great evidence and historical documents. Then it is recognized an art of expression. Some pictures may seem specific and clear.

Or so we think.

Yet, not really. Photography is actually one of the most ambiguous media. One image can stir many different interpretations, even arguments, some of which could be dangerous. Even one same person looks at one same image, yet at different times and in different situations, that person may have different feelings about this same image. If a group of still images are edited or sequenced in different ways, they could probably produce very different meanings to different people. This could be dangerous, too.

Recently I follow some discussions about documentary photography. At first I wanted to say something, then I hesitated, then I stopped. Because the more I thought, the more confused I got. And I am always cautious about over thinking, which could also be dangerous. If you know Chinese history well, you may realize some over thinking and over interpretations of images and words have imprisoned killed many innonent people.

So in this picture, what do you see? A girl? A woman? A boy? Is she/he climbing up, or down? Is she/he coming out from inside, or in from outside? You can’t really tell from one images, right?

Sometimes maybe it is better to let your readers guess than to give your answer or make a statement about/with an image. I always hesitate to make a statement.




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