While I find the surveillance abilities of cameras to be very interesting, I find that using a camera to analyze how people look at things more compelling. I strongly agree with Richard B. Woodward in that “photographic technology… creates a hunger to gaze upon the previously unknown or forbidden.” My project attempts to turn that idea around, and present familiar images in a way that gets the viewer to seriously think about or “know” the situation past the surface. The ability to use photographs as representation of my ideas instead of paintings or drawings reinforces the validity of the situation presented.The concept for this project focuses around the idea of how people [literally and conceptually] look at animals, rather than how people look at or watch other people. I have a strong interest in the psychology behind human and animal interactions, and have attempted to explore the various situations in which human-animal interactions take place. Through my photographs and words, I hope to push the viewer to think about WHY it is that we see animals differently in these various, but ever present, situations and settings throughout our lives. In addition to the addition of captions, I have also utilized various editing techniques in Photoshop to help convey my concept even more strongly mainly through the use of color and focus.
***Please view the images as the strategically organized set titled Pet/Food.***