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Category: Thinking about Photography

On Scrutons’ mistake

In brief…..
Roger Scruton famously rejected photography as an art form on the grounds that, being causal, photographs cannot represent an artist’s intentions. For Scruton, paintings can enable us to see lines, shapes and colours ‘as’ something other than lines, shapes and colours per se. Photographs cannot do this. Wilfrid Sellar’s ideas on the role of phenomenal content in visual perception provide a fruitful approach to questioning Scrutons’ thesis.

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Who has influenced me?

Yesterday I set myself the task of answering the question: who has influenced me as a photographer?

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In praise of the Flâneur

I am in two minds about the fashionable thing of presenting photographs as a sequence. Associated with this is the fashion for doing photographic projects.

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