Responsible Photography

I came across this video and found it very interesting.
Here is a clip from the web about the video;

“Here’s a fascinating video in which Italian photographer Ruben Salvadori demonstrates how dishonest many conflict photographs are. Salvadori spent a significant amount of time in East Jerusalem, studying the role photojournalists play in what the world sees. By turning his camera on the photographers themselves, he shows how photojournalists often influence the events they’re supposed to document objectively, and how photographers are often pushed to seek and create drama even in situations that lack it.
You might start looking at conflict photos in the news a lot differently after watching this.” (Source, PetaPixel).

The sort of photography I do is very different of course, but none the less, I think it’s worth thinking about and considering when you click the shutter. Are you slanting events by being there, are you pushing the event one way or another just to get a dramatic shot?

I don’t think that you can just dismiss out of hand the responsibility just because we are taking ‘happy snaps’, the fact remains, people are going to look at the photo and think its a true representation of events at that moment in time.