Sunday, 28 August 2011

A homage to Susan Sontag

photo: Henrik Nor-Hansen
Susan Sontag, On Photograpy: "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. This gives shape to experience: stop, take a photograph, and move on. The method especially appeals to people handicapped by ruthless work ethic - Germans, Japanese, and Americans."

And Norwegians too, I suppose. But don't let the quotation fool you; she wasn't as negative as she sounds.

photo: Henrik Nor-Hansen

Sontag continues: "Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to have fun."