Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Every time I see this photo from Crossings by Alex Webb, my mind just reels. Man and technology invade The Garden of Eden, and original sin despoils everything that is pure and sacred and beautiful. Of course, words just utterly fail to do it justice, and isn't that the point of taking the photograph in the first place, to record the actual event- and in this case, to transcend that instant into to the realm of... art. What more could be asked of any photograph?

And yet there are those who persist that photojournalism is a cliched relic of the past whose relevance is tenuous at best in our modern 21st century. Perhaps, our image burdened society has exhausted its attention and appreciation for images that define the very age that chooses to ignore them. But that is neither the fault of the photographer, nor the medium- admittedly limited as it is. I just don't know what more is expected of either, save a whole new technology, and a whole new way of seeing.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

That is crossing the lines, as you put it, right into art.
I can't imagine journalism with out the photo.