Saturday, August 07, 2010

Videojournalism - It's so much attitude

It is not broadcasting.

Neither is it a new thing, squeezed to the chest by new journalists.

It's not a discipline and goes beyond the technical.

Neither is it a motif, a badge that makes you feel one of the new cadets of journalism.

It is difficult to measure, in as much as it is to define.

It embraces all media, and favours none.

It holds faithfully to a dictum that it's not what you see that counts, but what you feel.

And its interpretation.

That is to be disruptive, but construct fresh palettes

To be individualistic, yet seek collaboration.

It is not the shooting of the event

But the event, unrehearsed that leads you to shoot.

It can be taught in name, but lives through pained search.

There may be many kinds of videojournalism,

but I only know one.

It is the one that imbues a critical, artistic and fearless temperament at creating artefacts.

Artefacts that hold true to an aesthetic that gives renewed meaning to answers we sometimes seek.

Videojournalism, you'd ve forgiven for thinking it's about film.

But in truth it's an attitude.

So much so that the name is meaningless.

What's in a name?

Only for those that seek the comfort of inclusion.

When you're an artist, such labels are meaningless.

It is an attitude.

Call me a charlaton.

Call me a visualist

Call me confused.

I don't care, for in my head

Videojournalism - It's so much an attitude

David is due to present at Apple Stores in the next couple of months and will be revealing new works in his role at artist in residence at the prestigious Southbank Centre