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23 February 2012

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Great post John, can you also have a word on Coventry being represented more fully as well. And I say that as someone from Leicester.

:) I'm just sayin'

jw (+44)

I was wondering why there was so much foregrounding of Willis Thomas who had been invited to the Geographic seminar a year ago. One criticism for me of the festival is it is too geographic, perhaps unfair since the geographic people started and run it, but it does seem like the same peanut gallery comes up again and again. As for Willis Thomas, I have to respectfully disagree that I have found so much of his work (I am thinking of Branded which took the same obvious idea and hit you over the head with it a dozen different ways) to be really simplistic, reductive and gimmicky. Haven't explored the multimedia for obvious reasons.

This post made my day.

I've only been serious about photography for about a year now. I am also a queer woman of colour living in Charlottesville. Most spaces for photographers, online and offline, tend to assume participants are heterosexual white men with a relatively high level of disposable income (higher than mine, anyway!). This comes through in things like choice of portrait models, discussions about gear, dismissive attitudes towards amateurs (especially young and female ones-- God help the "momtogs"), obliviousness to hetero/-sexism or the artistic/sociological concept of male gaze, and sometimes even how folks choose to process certain skintones. Is all this stuff categorically evil? Nope. But it does get exhausting sometimes, seeing the same assumptions, aesthetics and preconceptions repeated ad nauseam.

I will be attending LOOK3 this year for the first time and am excited to be volunteering to help with Stanley Greene's talk. I can't thank you enough for building the momentum to convince the organizers that a diversity of artists is a wonderful thing for all of us.

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