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XXXXXXXXX Parker Watson English 058 Section 001 April 24, 2007
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Watson 2 Parker Watson Dr. Maria DeGuzmán English 058 Section 001 24 April 2007 XXXXXXXXXXX Before any discussion concerning my work commences, it is important to create a definition for the composition. I would not typically refer to myself as an artist, as I do not make art unless I am a student in a required art class. Even then, it not art; it is a completed assignment. Keeping in form, I do not wish to refer to this piece as a piece of artwork. It is an expression of my self. Art implies skill, whereas an expression is merely the representation of a thing. This expression is a product of the works of Susan Sontag, Nicholasa Mohr, Ed Vega, and a dear friend of mine, Luis Medina, and my life. After reading Sontag’s “In Plato’s Cave,” I had a very pessimistic view of photography. Sontag emphasized the power wielded by the photographer. “To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge—and, therefore, like power” (Sontag 4). She even refers to the photograph as a “tool of power” (Sontag 8). However, she refutes this power. “Most tourists feel compelled to put the camera between themselves and whatever is remarkable that they encounter. Unsure of other responses, they take a picture” (Sontag 10). Sontag portrays this knowledge and power as a false power. This feeling is because the photographer seems as if he/she is in control. It creates a sense of security in an atmosphere that was previously unsatisfying insecure. She also exhibits disdain for photographers because of the close relation with the expression and hunting. “However hazy our awareness of this fantasy, it is names without subtlety whenever we talk about ‘loading’ and ‘aiming’ a
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Watson 3 camera, about ‘shooting’ a film” (Sontag 14). She says that the camera “assassinates all
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ENGL 058 taught by Professor Deguzman during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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