Tension is the elemental force of creativity. Creativity is about making something new, pulling it out of the universe and presenting it to us so that we see differently and feel new feelings. A power of photography is that it plays with our sense of reality.

Photo: Taslima Akhter

Tension is the elemental force of creativity. Creativity is about making something new, pulling it out of the universe and presenting it to us so that we see differently and feel new feelings. A power of photography is that it plays with our sense of reality. The image made by one person is not the same as the image made by another of the same person, thing or place. “There  is the image he made and the image I made a few minutes later”, so spoke Morten Krogvold at Chobi Mela VI yesterday. In todays exploration of the image and the reality it constructs we ran the gamut of feelings. From the tragic loss of a parent without a clear and present narrative, to the competing stories of garment workers and the owners of the factories. The tension between alternative narratives was palpable as Taslima Akhter took us on a deep dive into the lives of factory workers in contrast to the fantasy lives of staged photographs and memento mori. In the audience was a garment factory owner, he wanted an additional narrative. And why not? Do we not all want stories that validate our sense of place in the world?

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