Whether representations of violence can help to rectify the unjust treatment of the oppressed is a familiar topic of debate, but our discussions focus too much on the intention of the creator and not enough on the effect on viewers.
If I like a film enough after the first watch, I think about it nonstop for weeks on end. I ponder the moments that made me shudder and gasp.
"American Sniper" not only espouses a tired “good vs. evil” narrative, but in altering, omitting, and fabricating aspects of the Iraq War, it perpetuates a chronology in which the nuances and complexities of the war are rendered null and void.
A series of photographs that include cinematic elements, including lighting, format, composition, and creative methods.
"Am I annotating or carving my name into another's surface? Do I make pictures that testify or do I take photos that extract and appropriate?"
"The human mind is hardwired to see patterns and connections where they otherwise would not exist. Faces are one of the images that our mind most automatically construes out of irrelevant and nondescript objects, so much so that two dashes and a curve or a parking meter can easily resemble a smiley face."
"We are hardwired to see patterns, to create explanations, to find meaning, and we do this through constructing narrative."