What comes to mind when you see the picture below?
Stress, anxiety, depression are just some of the words that popped into my head and that is exactly what photographer David Horvitz (2015) wanted us to see.
This unique concept, featuring in MoMA’s “Oceans of Images” exhibit started by Horvitz taking this powerful image of himself and uploading it to Wikipedia linked to a page about “mood disorders”. Shortly after the upload of the image, the power of sharing on the Internet took hold of it publishing the photo in various news articles, blogs and forums as well as being uploaded and downloaded countless times, as can be seen in the display itself pictured above.
As a budding Journalist and communicator myself, it seems that news organisations have the capacity to rapidly expand their readership by using the techniques such as that used by Horvitz in this piece.
Being the only piece I truly connected with at the museum, I felt as though I needed to be more educated to truly appreciate the significance of the exhibits that I was being immersed in. This realisation made me consider how then other Journalists were writing and presenting these revolutionary pieces of art that we didn’t quite understand.
After researching online, I found a critique by Brooklyn based writer Taylor Dafoe delves deeply into the current photography exhibit displayed at MoMA. He states that the exhibits biggest problem is that it while it is touching the surface of todays digital culture it, “tests the water, but it never dives in”.
While as a fellow writer myself, when looking at this exhibit I completely agree with the response of Dafoe, I think as a writer it is important to explore conflicting opinions and ideas on new exhibits as they enter a museum. While opinion Journalism does in no means have to favour both sides, I think in light of the creative community and the power one persons opinion has in shaping the foot traffic through exhibits such as the current photography exhibit at MoMA, it is crucial to explore in depth the vision of a piece and how it has then come to light in a display and how then it has made others feel.
In a creative city as cut-throat as New York, creatives must work together to stay educated about the growth of the industries and how the inter-disciplinary nature of the industries can work together in order to support growth.