What does it mean to live exposed, or to live photographically? Welp, that can surely mean many different things to many different people and indeed rightly so! Here’s my take on it:
Photographs are always part of a bigger picture. It’s inescapable – what you photograph is your life. Living exposed hints at how image-making can be as much about how you live as it is about what photographs you make. And if you flip it around so that living comes first and photography second (along with everything else), well that seems a pretty good recipe for satisfaction.
Living is about creating a lifestyle. Once we get past the fundamentals of surviving and subsisting, we humans get to make some choices about what comes next. Living exposed is predicated on an active lifestyle built upon creativity and curiosity. And a lifestyle is not something that we ever “achieve” – it is something that we can only pursue, moment by moment and day by day.
It follows from the above that living exposed is at the core a challenge to get out there in order to understand and appreciate the world and its many aspects, one that starts with “merely” looking around. Looking and seeing are far more significant than we’ll ever really comprehend.
Thought: photography is to vision what music is to hearing.