FEAR

I was on the phone to a good friend of mine last year, moaning about my then employment as a 35mm photographic printer at a company who specialise in school photographs. The conversation went something like –

scorz: God it’s endless. Why the fuck do people want a photo of their bloody kids every bloody year anyway!?

friend: Well, actually, it’s recommended that you have your photo taken regularly for id now, in case of suicide bombers.

scorz: Fucking hell, Dave, how paranoid do you NEED to be?!!!

He should know better – he’s an intelligent, aware, creative individual, not a tabloid munching, chat show addicted drone – but his response showed me just how effective the “war on terrorism” propaganda has been. (I resisted the urge to say “That will only work if you’ve still got a face.” He would have got upset.)

Here’s an antidote – but I guess not many people can be bothered to read more than 4 or 500 words these days.

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  1. Anonymous

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    …He should know better – he’s an intelligent, aware, creative individual, not a tabloid munching, chat show addicted drone – but his response showed me just how effective the “war on terrorism” propaganda has been. (I resisted the urge to say “That will only work if you’ve still got a face.” He would have got upset.)…

    The origins of this came from Radio 4 after the London bombings…think you may have blown this out of proportion a little. Didn’t think that having a photograph taken every year or so made me a sucker for propaganda…interesting concept. Presumably, we’d not be expected to hand the photo in to the powers of the state…? ; )

    Personally, my initial knowledge of the bombings came when my brother phoned. I was asked to tell our father that he was ok – I was somewhat perplexed! It was the first morning I’d not switched on the radio for ages. It was then that I found out what had happened and spent the rest of the day watching the same newsreels over and over.

    During any man made or natural disaster, one way for friends or family to appeal for help in spotting either the injured or the dead is to use photographs. whether it is fruitful or not. yes, agreed it does depend on whether the victim is recognisable.

    The last reason to take a picture should be a premonition of death. We are living in troubled times (to say the least); part of me thinks it common sense, part of me thinks paranoia and part of me thinks, (forget the paranoia) – record our lives anyway – regularly, creatively, photographically; but when you do use a photograph to look for my remains – don’t use the one of me in the bath tub aged two years old.

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