bad science

When I attended Art College (insert self-deprecating guffaw here…) I was advised to go about art like a scientist: become continually, passionately curious about your subject.  Of course, such enthusiasm might taint the objectivity of one’s data collection techniques.  And this kind of thing is important to some scientists, I suppose.  The ‘observer effect’ it’s called.  So really what you’re observing is your interaction with the environment.  So now you have to go about finding ways to be unobtrusive, just to fit in and observe, not be noticed.  But even then, there’s no objectivity, not really.  The observer’s bias is always there.  No one is fooled by such trickery.

I believe this crafty insight would fit into the “Well, duh…” category of street photography.

So I only noticed the fellow peering out from the Marrakesh storefront in the photo above many weeks after I took it – I guess he was a better scientist than me.  Oh well, I went to art college, that’s my excuse.  See more bad science and Morocco pix in this nifty book.


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