A Series of Muses: Susan Sontag
I was enveloped in a cloud of ignorance on photography. When I took a good photo I didn't know how and specifically why it was a good photo. I was yearning to learn the art of creating images. At that moment, I intellectualize photography and reading Susan Sontag's "On Photography", guided me away from lazy and unenlightened reasons to capturing the world through photos.
Susan Sontag among her other remarkable talents was a firebrand political activist and writer who left an indelible mark on me and my nascent photography.
Her deep wisdom on photography (no pun intended) was my philosophical clarion call to photograph with a purpose and to understand the responsibility I had to all my subjects because, “to photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder - a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”
Susan Sontag was my first photography teacher, she imbued me with the idea that I had to perpetually strive to capture the human condition. My photography at its fundamental core is to create vibrant and illuminating images revealing "another person's mortality, by slicing out [a] moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world 'picturesque.”