The camera has become an extension of our experience and a means to process important moments.
Is it possible to experience the world without taking pictures? Is it possible to go on holidays without a camera? The moment when we feel the urge to take a picture, we actually cease to experience, and focus more on registering the experience. Absurd as it is, it’s also difficult to get rid of this habit, considering the number of times we grab the camera nowadays. During a concert, instead of focusing on the music, we photograph and film it. When we see an extraordinary natural wonder, instead of admiring it, we take a picture. These examples can go on and on.
Isn’t it then the case that the camera separates us from the moments, places and phenomena we experience? It’s a very important question. Perhaps when we answer it, we could press the shutter button less, and focus more on the authentic, hands-on and uninterrupted experience.
The Live View project, apart form its sociological, and perhaps even more philosophical aspects, shows us point blank the moments of delight interrupted by the act of picture-taking. Artur Urbański created a cycle of photographs, supposed to be as beautiful as the originals included in the subject’s travel diaries. What he has presented us with through this series other than the pictures themselves, is the key question: what does photography give us… and what does it take.