surveillance by Gary Austin

whose watching who

Hidden in Plain Sight is a saying used by security operatives in the field of surveillance referring to being hidden without hiding.

This is a photography blog about street photography and the ever encroaching hinderance by police and the establishments big brother attitude of control, which is affecting not just street photography but also photography in public in general.

My work centres itself around street photography and privacy, and the contradiction between them.

I am fascinated by people on the street, absorbed in their own thoughts, wrapped up in a private moment despite being in a public place.  As a photographer, I invade their privacy, photographing them unawares and, later, exhibiting the portraits.

In the past, I have also had my privacy breached.  Stopped and searched, I have been photographed by the police and put under surveillance for photographing protests.

I now photograph in a personal protest to the draconian and ridiculous treatment of photographers and new laws coming into effect in our post 9/11 world, in trying to wake up the public who are allowing a surveillance state to become ever more a reality.

About Me:

Gary Austin has been a documentary photographer for more than 25 years covering social issues, the environment and news events. He photographs stock for a photo library,  as well as undertaking assignments and commissions.

Aesthetic Journalism

Is a term phrased by Alfredo Crammerotti as a term used to describe artists who use investigative journalism to inform their art and audience in the realm of social, cultural or political circumstances. It’s research takes shape through art context, rather than through media channels.

  • Aesthetic: is that process in which we open our sensibility to the diversity of the forms of nature (and manmade environment), and convert them into tangible experiences. … a concept of aesthetics as something other than a state of contemplation. It is rather the capacity of an art form to put our sensibility in motion, and convert what we feel about nature and the human race into a concrete (visual, oral, bodily) experience.(p21)
  • Journalism: is intended to be a service in the interest of the highest number of people possible, not an opportunity to influence decisions and gain power. I defines what is perceived as ‘common’ , and constructs the boundaries of normalcy for both representation and reality. Journalism as a coded, professional practice establishes a cultural and social order: we read the conventions of representation as though they were reality itself  (Williams and Delli Carpini 2000) (p23)

[italics: Aesthetic Journalism, How to inform without informing Alfredo Crammerotti Intellect books, Bristol 2009]


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