When we take a photograph what do we possess?

Poster for exhibition

Sam Jones’ first solo exhibition took place at An Tobar, the Tobermory arts centre, between 2 May and 28 June 2013.   I was fortunate to be in Mull during June and so visited the exhibition.   The title of the exhibition poses an important question, not just for a landscape photographer, but for all photographers.   What is it that we are trying to “capture” or “take”?    Perhaps the capture is about freezing an emotional response to a subject.   The ambiguous term “possession” makes us question what possession of an image means.   More than a simple legal ownership issue, possession may be about the degree of control exercised by the photographer at the point of pressing the shutter.

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