Not Stating the Obvious

We watched the movie ‘Infinity Chamber’ recently. (I can highly recommend it if you like quirky sci-fi. It was shot on a low budget but done very well.) Then we watched the series Undone on Amazon Prime last week.


Both are excellent (we actually binge watched the whole series of Undone in one evening) and have one common ingredient that, to me, makes them special. To an extent, they leave you guessing. Or wondering. Trying to work out exactly what you just watched. What was the real story? You realize there have been clues and hints, stories within the stories.


I love that. Love the questions.


Much as I enjoyed Joker, to me it went further that it needed to in explaining things. Perhaps it was too mainstream so they felt that the story needed to be made clear, even though for most of us it was obvious what had happened without seeing the scenes replayed.


It‘s said that some of the earlier Japanese computer games excelled particularly because they left that element of discovery. There wasn’t a tutorial to explain how every works. You have to figure it out for yourself.


In photography I like most the images that ask questions. That make us stop and pause and think. Here I think is a strength of good street photography too, that it can give us a glimpse into a story, a life, a moment, without explaining any of who the person is or what's going on.


It's often good to know some context and I'm not arguing that every image should just 'speak for itself'. But I do love to wonder.




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