Every picture spells a story - Visualise a short story, poem, anecdote, fable, parable or proverb. So I have decided to look at this brief because of interest in photography and the idea of using this medium to portray a story. I thought about numerous storys or proverbs I could do, but the one that was of most interest to me was the story of Platos Cave. In this story Plato describes life as people who live in a cave, and all they can see is a reflection of everyday life, what they see is not real, just a reflection. I thought this was an interesting topic because of how we are surrounded in the modern day with reflections of reality from the news to the magazines we read. The cave basically describes that we will never know reality because we only believe what is reflected on the cave wall (we have no choice but to watch the cave wall) While researching the topic of the cave it becomes more clear that the story has more depth to it than the fabrication of reality. There is the idea that people who leave the cave and see the bigger picture try to return to tell those still imprisoned, but they are not believed by the rest. Examples of this are those who claim to be enlightened who try to give back the message to the public, religions such as Bhuddism can be taken for example, but they are not widely believed because people are still â€˜trapped in the caveâ€™ . Even though this side of the story interests me I will start by focusing on the main context of the story, which is the idea of we believe what we hear and see whether its real or not. My next stage was to try and decide what I would photograph. I thought about having a collection of photographs that portray an individual or people in viewing a media source (the cave wall) when they are surrounded by reality. The photos will also show how what is shown by the source can be subjected to who ever is broadcasting the message (for example US news who portray Saddam as the most dangerous man in the world, this was before America even went to war with Iraq and claimed they had weapons of mass destruction).
Published on Mar 5, 2013