So what will be the fate of us digital types, who ask so much of photographs, understand them so poorly, and take so many of them? An ever-growing percentage of the planet now has the ability, via cellphone or other digital device, to instantly capture whatever images they find compelling in daily life—thus thrusting those images from the plane of “reality” into the plane of photography, with all the complicated baggage that entails. The problem is only exacerbated by the Internet, as the farther a photograph gets from its photographer, the more likely it is that the context behind it will be lost. The ever-increasing presence of photography in our lives does not normalize our relationship to it. If anything, it deepens the mystery.
All of Believing is Seeing dances around these themes, marveling at the power of images even as it attempts to bring skepticism to our relationship with them. And it’s through this skepticism, this quest to show the complicated relationship between images and reality, that Morris, the self described secular anti-humanist, shines a few rays of hope.
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