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"I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed." Garry Winogrand
That's a clever statement, and expresses some truth. But when I make a photograph, I'm also trying to draw attention to what we might never otherwise notice.
On a different (more painful) note, here's Edmund Burke's (slightly modified) comment on evil: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good (people) do nothing." I was disturbed this weekend by someone telling me that the media are giving too much attention to the Charlottesville incident. I was also reminded of Niemoller's comment that they came for the communists, and I wasn't a communist so I said nothing (et al.), and then there was no one left and they came for me. There is truth that in giving haters attention you give them (part of) what they want, but not to pay significant attention when they begin to move from "speech" to violence is to move into the space that Burke calls to our attention.