Everyone who enters the limelight in one form or another, either willingly or otherwise, has to be prepared to face both the serious world of publicity and the dirty-minded, pathetic, grab-a-story for money world of the mass-market press. One phrase in the Daily Mail’s report on the holiday antics of Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez should be enough to tell you how respectful journalists and some photographers (in this case someone selling their work to xposurephotos) are of the private sphere we all should be able to enjoy, regardless of who we are:
After Michelle supported Cara at various European Fashion Weeks last month, it looked like the pair couldn’t wait to escape to the sunshine for some alone time.
‘For some alone time’ on a ‘romantic holiday in Mexico’. What follows is a report with next to no text but fifty-two photographs and a video. The photographs, some of which have been partially censored since Cara is topless on the beach, are boring, repetitive and lack all forms of artistic or aesthetic value. Probably the only reason they have been produced is because both of these women are celebrities – in one way or another – and because they are in a loving relationship with one another: they are a thing as lesbians, kissing and playing with one another and doing all the things that the gutter press, seeking the cheapest available sensations without the need for any intellectual or even journalistic content, have to offer.
And the forty-seven comments I saw on the post clearly reflect the level of intellectual power of many readers. This, sadly, seems to be the level of journalistic reporting which appeals to the masses but which brings absolutely nothing new into the world: no information; no worth. I don’t know who Emily Sheridan is, but she must be proud, as a Daily Mail journalist, that she is capable of joining words together to make a sentence, because she has done nothing more than that with her writing, nothing worth coming back for.
As to the ‘photographer’ involved, well, it’s clear: no artistic talent whatsoever; a snapshot artist hiding at a distance only interested in making as much money as possible at the expense of others; an irrelevancy as far as both reporting and photography are concerned.
- Viktoria Michaelis.