Blindfolded photographers – Update
Photographs by Gerard Martin, 2012
I have been making portraits of photographers who walk around with their cameras, who are themselves looking for a moment or scene to capture. For an instant I take away their gaze – or it could be said, they relinquish their gaze- to stand blindfolded in front of a stranger’s camera.
This could be regarded as a predatory act as the participants are momentarily stopped and shot, but it also an intimate experience. The act of blindfolding a stranger in a public place involves trust, and the willingness of the participants does not exclusively give power to myself, as it becomes a social exchange. These have been interesting and unique interactions that have shown that many passing photographers are open to experiences in front of as well as behind the camera.
Many thanks to everyone who has participated so far and to Gerard Martin for providing the above photographs.
See you around.