Looking is seeing!

This update is about my  new direction in interpreting the Icarus myth.  My basic premise is based on the Brueghel painting ‘Landscape with the fall of Icarus’ (1558)  where the fall is unnoticed, in fact Icarus’s fall happens without a witness.  This would just not happen today!  It would be on Twitter, the news, Facebook etc. in no time.  For this reason I have chosen to investigate the act of witnessing and the call for alertness within our society. Using photography seems to be the most approbate choice of medium for this.  

The camera sees but the photographer makes it ‘look’ by focusing, framing, and selection.  Traditionally the camera is used to witness, it offers an eyewitness proof of existence. 

The act of looking relies on our desire to believe that there is something there otherwise there would not be a witness pointing at ‘it’ or a photo of the witness pointing at it.  Both the act of witnessing, the documentation of it make the indiscernible, intangible thing pointed to, credible.

The ‘thing’ exists because a witness believes there is something there.  

What do you see or think of when you look at someone pointing into a void?

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About Roman W. Schatz

Roman W. Schatz is a Swiss photographer based in Australia. A frequent traveller, Roman has a particular interest in capturing time and place. Using the visual language of the photographic image, he believes that art is an international language that can be used to communicate the humanity that unites us all.

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