On Photography

Subject Appropriation by Stephanie Canarte

To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge- and, therefore, like power.
— Susan Sontag, In Plato's Cave

I just started reading Susan Sontag's 'On Photography'. When you work in this field, it is almost impossible to not stumble with a quote from this book in one point or another. This book compiles a collection of essays that deeply analyzes the role of photography in the context of modern society. 

On Photography was written in the late 1970's, but in my opinion, Sontag's views about the subject still remain relevant, possibly now more than ever. 

I was browsing through a batch of photos, when I found this image and a quote came to my mind. It feels as if we both, photographer and subject, were appropriating something at the same time.