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PHOTOGRAPHY PHILOSOPHY – NICK KNIGHT’S PLASTIC CUP.

Okay, so this feature I’ve named “Photography Philosophy” was supposed to be a feature that I would post every Friday. However I was extremely busy yesterday and didn’t get round to posting. Just as well really as the decision for which photograph to post proved a difficult one. For me personally, photography is a key part (if not THE most important aspect) of the fashion industry. Without famed photographers such as Nick Knight (Which I will later talk about) Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz, we would see fashion in the same way as we do today.
Although my interest in photography lies mainly in the area of fashion, the photo I will “philosophically” analyse is one of Nick Knight’s phenominally minimalistic frames which he took for the Natural History Museum in London, 1993. The photo in question is simply of a plastic cup, which for many is simply “just a plastic cup”. But from a photography/philosophical perspective, the object in question is more than just a white, sort-of-cylindrical object which enables us to (cheaply, I might add) drink out of. It is a symbol.
For me personally, the cup personifies us as a greedy-western-world-humanity that takes the simple things in life for granted. It signifies the way in which we brush off the more meaningful aspects of people and materialistic objects. A plastic cup is something that we all recognise as a cheap, easily-disposable, doesn’t-matter-if-it-breaks object that can be replaced with a “drop of a hat”, “click of the fingers” etc etc. However, the lonesome cup represents the fact that we are ironically alone in our materialistic ways. You may think that I’m just going on about “just a plastic cup”, but in all honesty, think about all the disposable things we have in our everyday lives, all the things that can be replaced. If you took all of those things out of your home, room, wherever they may be kept, what would you have left? I’m not just talking about shoes and handbags. I’m talking about cars, houses, photographs. We take such things for granted. If we’d never had plastic cups in the first place, there would be something else in its place that would be just as disposable.
Sadly, we live in a disposable world. This we cannot deny. Taking things for granted has become a habit. Something that we are not conscious of, but everyone does, whether we feel guilty or not after we realise the fact is down to personal conscience.
Am I saying that everyone should get rid of everything they own and live a life in poverty? No. Am I saying that I don’t take anything for granted? No. Am I saying that we should live our lives happier, thinking about how lucky we are? Yes.

Some people say that fashion is a frivolous topic. It’s not frivolous, it’s fabulous.

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