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We live surrounded, overwhelmed by photographic images that are meant to illustrate, to show us the works but also exhibit ourselves; to describe the world but also tell about us. We own all a camera, simple or complex. We are all authors of photographs, but perhaps the question is: how many of us are actually able to produce meaning? There is then a need to understand not only how to photograph, but above all why we take photos. Because the value of a photograph is not to be found in the picture itself rather the photograph information it contains, in the process that generated it. Because it also happens that you lose your orientation and the ability to distinguish what is good and what is not for you. An image is good if it is able to convey a message, and to enrich at the same time the life of the one looking at it.

There is a need therefore to re-create the image culture.

Two facets of PerugiaSocialPhotoFest: on one hand the social photography as a means of communication, reporting and reflection, awareness on the problems of the contemporary. Tool for telling stories often ignored but which need to be brought to light and shared, to make us reflect on the need for social change. On the other, the therapeutic photography, as a powerful means to give voice to those often forgotten by our society. Photography as a means to reactivate the perception, promote internal-external communication and to support processes of self-confidence.

BLINDSPOT

PSPF 2016

 “Probably only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are”

 José Saramago

 

We often talk about “blindness” as the inability of seeing through the eyes, yet the act of seeing cannot be reduced exclusively to a simple recording action. “Seeing” also means becoming aware of the reality through a process that goes from the acquisition of an image to its decoding and attribution of a meaning. The inability of seeing  involves dramatic and relevant meanings, both at individual and social level.  Emotional blindness represents a non-recognition/denial of personal emotions and can later evolve into emotional illiteracy, with serious consequences for the individual. Social blindness represents an extreme form of defense against anything that may upset a state of mental balance; and it could turn into individual or collective actions aimed at filtering and modifying information, resulting in a complete closure to what appears as a threat to the individual, the society and the social and political systems.

The challenge is to maintain a clear perspective when the only certainty is determined by the truth, which is what makes us free to accept ourselves and others without a game of projections or idealizations.

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