Is taking photos an act of violence?
Is curiosity, then, a form of violence, a wanting to see, know, capture – for what? Posterity?
I know I will die and it won’t matter how many photos I’ve taken, and it might not matter much to the world either. At most they might be of some cultural significance, or historical value, though these days there is a sea of tomorrow’s historical records proliferating online.
Is there a cost to all this? It’s well-documented that certain tribal cultures believe a photo taken of a person is the stealing of his or her soul. If this is true, we are a world of walking zombies, and from how we tend to imagine zombies, they are a violent breed indeed.
I know that my intentions have never been violent. I’ve always loved looking at the world through a camera lens. When…
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