We are living in the era of digital information. Images arrive at the speed of light from great distances. We can be the empathic and compassionate audiences to every natural disaster, all kinds of social misery, or any ecological catastrophe. But, we are not actually witnesses to these events, we are only recipients of a segmented and selected flow of information. In fact, we know very little about hunger, but know a lot about the latest outfits a European dutchess is wearing. At political summits, we see images of powerful older men. We do not see the images of the people who are being affected by their decisions.
The internet inundates us with crisp and clear high-definition banalities. It shows us things that we should buy or that we should believe. A deoderant becomes an aphrodisiac. The debut of a Hollywood starlet becomes an aesthetic spectacle. There are never any clouds in the images of our favorite vacation spots. There are only beautiful people waiting for love.
War has been declared on reality. We, along with our orderly, critical world view, are the victims of this war. But, the countercurrent has already emerged. It draws from the same source of power, the digital world. The internet is the domain for everything and anything. It blurs the previous distinction between the consumer and the producer of information. Reality can now be reflected rather than distorted. The Kameradists seek to be part of this effort as expresseed in our mission statement:
The Kameradists photograph and film what they see.They do no film what they think they should see. | The Kameradists respect the people they depict. They never view their subjects as objects. | The Kameradists respect the nature they film. They promote conservation and try to leave as little as an impact on the environment as possible. | The Kameradists are, like reality, political. | They support eachother in their work. Tasks are divided equitably in collaborative projects. | The Kameradists work with eachother on the same level, without hierarchies. | There is no such thing as “Kameradism.” This is an initial attempt at a mission statement. It is subject to change in the course of ongoing discussion.