Saturday 1468 – 9th June 2012.
WARNING – Language and image that might offend and they should !
I was in London on Saturday 1468 visiting a friend of mine and we went to the Saatchi Gallery to see a photographic exhibition called Out of Focus- Photography and as you are rather surprisingly allowed to take photographs I expected that today I would post a selection but…..
There was one photograph that shocked us both and this is the one I feel I MUST post so here it is.. I will tell you something about it below.
Even though the photograph was huge it was only when I got close I realised what was written on the child’s forehead.
I felt as though my heart had been ripped out and the image kept coming back into my mind throughout the day. This single photograph said more to me than thousands of words and could be interpreted in many ways.
When I got home I determined that I would try to find out more about the photographer and what was behind this image. His name is Mikhael Subotzky and he lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa .
There are several of his photos in the gallery and you can see them by clicking on his name above. Quotes from the Saatchi website –
“he ( Mikhael) set out to make a portrait of a small, post-apartheid town that would address marginalization and incarceration, two facets of the violence wracking the country”
“Beaufort West was his choice, a hardscrabble place located roughly equidistant between Cape Town and Johannesburg. In the best tradition of the extended photo essay Subotzky gives us a balanced picture of the place and its people, the drunks, prostitutes and prisoners at the bottom of the heap; the grim-faced whites holding onto their privileges at the top.”
and about the photograph of the girl
“Most wrenching is a picture of a dazed young girl with the words ‘Fuck Me’ written on her forehead – the idea of a joke, the photographer tells us, of her drunken parents.
I’m sorry if this offends you but it’s right that it should.. it should offend everyone enough that they want to help make changes to this messed up world we live in.
Saturday girl signing off .. see you next week.
I also have a daily photography blog called Helen’s Photomania which you can find here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already.