What is photography? What is art? What is the point of
it? It's everything around us, and it's yourself, there
is no point, it's putting your thoughts on paper, in an
instant, expressing more than words can, so many things.
Photography and art isn’t limited to the medium, it's
more than that, I believe the real art is the artist and
the world, this is what inspires us. What catches one
person’s eye, but another walks past?
With photography I have learnt the value of detail, it
has taught me to look for details, to look for things,
this is more than clicking a button. The camera simply
allows the user to catch the image, it is the artist who
sees it. The way I think is life is full of speeded up
days, what the camera does is crop this so you can focus
on what you want. It takes a moment, and stretches it
to infinity, and gives us the calm of observing that moment
properly, and life is like this to me, full of clutter,
and very special moments.
In India, I saw uncensored reality, real poverty, real
madness, not the sanitised cleaned up, behind closed doors
society of Britain. But why are these themes so interesting
to me? Because they are more real, everyone identifies
with the underdog, not many can identify with the entrenched
falsity of the ruling classes. This is where photography
is different, it is designed to raise questions rather
than answers, but the result is that artists will remain
unfulfilled, because in their quest for answers, they
simply raise more questions.
Don’t take anything on face value, everything can be
doctored even these words, read them once, forget them,
and go make your own art.
Gautam Narang also took part in Field
of Vision: Extremes, 2005.