d300 - Photography a silent form of communication?

I was intrigued to read that photography is a silent form of communication, but also one of the most effective means of communication.
For me as a photographer who definitely knows they rely on a silent medium, that is great news. The only problem is the apparent schizoid modes behind the ‘communication’ of silence. Photography is silent yes, but are photographers silent? No they are not.
‘Silent communication’ can easily be practised throughout the whole spectrum of photography. Its not the way though. Most photographers’ desire is to communicate verbally. Phone, mobile phone, face to face etc. Why is this? Its because society, customers, consumers and photographers expect certain ways of communication.
Email is basically one of the least popular means of communication photographers use. Yet most photographers have websites that don’t have any sound but instead rely entirely on silent, visual representation. If photography is ‘silent’ then perhaps photographers should think about how they benefit form this silent form of communication and they could perhaps become even better communicators all around. But they stick to the usual forms of communication and know that the best way to conduct photography business is to verbalise – in complete contravention of the genre.
One thing that made me think upon the narrow-mindedness of photographers was when I visited the Photographer’s Gallery for some possible contacts for a photography interview. The receptionist produced two sheets of contacts. Every one of these contacts was followed by a phone number, there was not an email address to be seen anywhere. Let’s think about something. If someone phones or speaks to another an instant response if of course expected. This is a controlling factor. Talking has to be met with another person’s response. It is no good talking to a wall apparently. This is probably why most photographers don’t want to rely on email (or sms) because these are media that do not have a instantaneous response factor. The answer has to be now.
The great thing behind silence is that it forces many photographers to think. A photograph doesn’t shout back at it’s ‘maker’ and say “hey I’m overexposed.” It is up to the photographer to think about their compositions and whether these are what one wanted. It is in fact a silent two way communication.
We could say that silence has the potential to force photographers to become better. But do photographers look at it in this way? I do not think so. Sound is the polluting, over-riding factor and so it is no surprise practically most photographers forget their true calling.
I think photography is a form of meditation. One can practise meditation behind a camera and the act of taking a photograph itself is a form of meditation, and often taking photographs can be relaxing. Its because the polluting aspects that surround our world (sounds and speech for example) have been largely taken away from the equation. In this way photography can be seen as escapism.
People ‘love’ silent things (take art, magazines or books for example) but end up speaking about art, magazines, books and photographs. Why are exhibitions always launched with a speech or a presentation? Why do people always walk around an gallery with those stupid headphones? It is because the human brain is loaded with the idea of verbal communication – just looking at a silent work of art is not enough, the human mind must be comforted by sounds.
The human is a paradoxical being. It cannot stand being ‘cheated’ by being limited to one form of communication. Humans want their bread buttered both sides. In this way the photographer is therefore also a paradoxical being, perhaps far more than the common person in the street. ‘Silence’ earns many photographers a lot of money, yet it does appear that their true heart is NOT in the silence but the sounds that drives the world forwards.

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