This was a draft that I wrote for a project I’m working on. Even though I’m not using it I don’t want to waste the thoughts it carries.
“The main force that drives my photography is my desire to see things as they truly are and not through the metaphor of language. I feel language takes away our ability to see the uniqueness of the people and things that surround us every day.
I subscribe to Jacques Lacan’s notion of the Real. Lacan argues in The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis that we must use the Symbolic and the Imaginary to connect to the world around us and the primary tool is linguistics. The Real is not the same thing as reality because our reality is composed of both the Imaginary and the Symbolic. The Real is opposed to the Imaginary and stands outside the Symbolic. In Lacan’s book, The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis 1954–1955 (W. W. Norton & Company, 1991) Lacan makes it clear that “there is no absence in the Real.” To see the Real is to experience a thing for the first time.
To me this says what constitutes the Real is something observed in total. No filters blocking the view or imaginary ideas polluting the observation. In Lacan’s Seminar XI he defines the Real as “the impossible because it is impossible to imagine, impossible to integrate into the Symbolic, and impossible to obtain.”
I strongly feel it is the job of the artist to reach past the obstacles and capture an image as close to the state of the Real as we can. We bring it back and by showing it to others we give people the opportunity to encounter the Real even though it is shown through the interpretation of the artist.”