Ian Kydd Miller (aka Fusion). Is a Freelance Photographer currently living and working in South East Asia, and his involvement, and exposure to photography stems back some forty Years. ” I realize that with my experience, and time in Photography, that you can’t just rely on your past knowledge, the Digital Age, will not allow it, knowledge and experience is never-ending”.
Learning to think and look linked with an immediate ability to use the equipment chosen is an essential part of being successful.Ian is currently based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. and will be living almost exclusively in Phnom Penh City and using this as his base for further freelance work and the exploration of the whole of South-East Asia.
Ian is currently working on a number of projects, personal and professional. He regularly provides selected NGO’s (Non-Government Agencies) with pictures and documents their work and progress.
“I believe that an essential part of man’s duty upon this earth is to bear witness to the truth as it has been revealed to him.” John Godolphin Bennett (8 June 1897 – 13 December 1974) was a British mathematician, scientist, technologist, industrial research director, and author. http://www.jgbennett.net/
This is an interesting statement for the photojournalist. Who defines the truth.
1. The quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual the truth of his statement was attested
2. Something that is true as opposed to false you did not tell me the truth
3. A proven or verified principle or statement; fact the truths of astronomy
4. A system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the world the truths of ancient religions
5. Fidelity to a required standard or law
6. Faithful reproduction or portrayal the truth of a portrait
7. An obvious fact; truism; platitude
8. Honesty, reliability, or veracity the truth of her nature
9. Accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument
10. The state or quality of being faithful; allegiance Related adjectives veritable, veracious
So how does a photojournalist remain truthful in a world of complex truths. Difficult to say the least when one mans truth may seem a lie to another. How do we maintain of integrity ? the quality or state of being of sound moral principle; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity.
As an ethical concept, integrity depends upon consistency. To have integrity, a person must base his/her actions upon a well-thought out framework of moral principles. What he/she does should be the same as what he/she says.
I live in South East Asia and am surrounded by truths that may have different realities for different people. Political truths, poverty truths, inequality of power and sex, confusion and lack of will.
How do I as a photojournalist not allow myself to be misled, my work used to define half-truths or lies. Is it OK to allow my pictures to be used in positive ”propaganda” that generates interest from people able to help the needy.
The ability to see pictures that will tell the true story without biases is difficult because no matter how we try to keep our own views and thoughts from shaping an image subconsciously it will still happen.
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Thank you for this really insightful and thought provoking section. You clearly are a man after my own heart: Truth is all and is the aim of all true photojournalists, and journalists generally. I’m pleased to know somone who takes their ethics and their work so seriously.
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