Coda

Spring 2009 Senior Thesis Exhibition

David Morris

 

The plastic camera project is an unedited collection of images taken by a diverse selection of the local community. This project is about democratizing the artistic process and discovering appreciation therein. While contemplating this idea, I became interested in other people's perceptions and the difference from my own. My curiosity was to find out what other people would photograph if I gave them all the same camera. If everyone were given the same "slate" to work with, what would people show me through their images? Could a collection of several people's photographs tell us something about our society?






David Morris
 


David Morris




 

I was using this camera to peak into the lives of other people. If art is in its broadest sense "a reflection of our society" I am hoping to portray an actual reflection of our society. These photographs will claim nothing more than what they are, the sights of people who make up our society.

Digital photographic technology has advanced and is becoming omnipresent in our society, but its various products are still bound by class structure and technical ability. Most ages, races, genders can use a plastic toy easily, the only inconsistency being the recorded visions of its users. The stylistic implication the camera produces also imposes a voyeuristic feeling.

 

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