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Curious Frame - Issue #1

Curious Frame
Curious Frame - Issue #1
By Leanne Staples • Issue #1 • View online
Welcome to Curious Frame! I started Curious Frame as a method of compiling my writing on photography in one place. Writing is a different activity than photography and it deserves a different location. It is a complement to my other sites for street photography and lens-based art.
After shooting for many decades now and making the transition from analog to digital photography, I have spent much time thinking about photography. It’s more than just creating pretty pictures. But what is it? That’s the overarching question I intend on addressing here.
In 1980, Roland Barthes wrote “I see photographs everywhere, like everyone else, nowadays, they come from the world to me, without my asking.” (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida, p.6) It bares repeating that he wrote that in 1980, before social media, digital photography and the internet. 
So we live in a world that is bombarded with images. Yet we have very few tools or typically time to try and understand what it all means. Hence, my focus is for the most part about the art of photography and attempting to at least posit some interesting questions about what it all means, as a definitive answer is not likely. 

Life Goes On, New York City, February 2013
Life Goes On, New York City, February 2013
It is of course possible that it means something completely different to everyone that encounters photography. I would like to think that this is a zone for slow photography. Like slow eating it is meant to be chosen wisely and consumed slowly. It’s about spending more than 10 seconds looking at an image.
If you like a photo, is it enough to “like” it and run? I think not. So whether you are a photographer and/or someone who spends time looking at photos in wonder, I’ll be writing about these topics in the newsletter.
Some of the topics that will be discussed in upcoming issues include;
• Visual Literacy - What does it all mean?
• Is Instagram Destroying Photography?
• Photography is a Language Without Words
• The Art of Photography
• How Photography Changes the Way We Think & See the World
• Photography is a Partial Truth
And many more topics about how we see and understand photography.
The Curious Frame newsletter will be published every Wednesday for the moment though I may increase it to twice a week.
I do hope that you enjoy Curious Frame and that you will feel compelled to enter into a conversation about photography with me. This can be an interesting and fun journey into the life of visual images.
Thank you for subscribing,
Leanne
The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust
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Leanne Staples

In a world that is overpopulated with images, Curious Frame is where I share my thoughts on photography. It is always about ‘seeing with new eyes’.

I’m Leanne Staples, a photographer, artist, and writer living in New York City. Street photography and lens-based art are my passions, and Curious Frame is where I’ll be sharing my thoughts on these passions.

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