July 2016 | Caracas, Venezuela 

 

How to photograph scarcity? 

How to photography inflation?  

How to photograph fear? 

Photos of empty shelves in supermarkets, people dying in hospitals, no medicine, endless queues to buy food and basic products. These are the images that describe Venezuela now. “To suffer is one thing, another thing is living with the photographed images of suffering, which does not necessarily strengthen conscience and the ability to be compassionate. It can also corrupt them” -Susan Sontag, On Photography. The more images we see of the suffering, the less sensible we will be towards them. There are so many photos in the media about the current situation, but how is reality for blind people in a city like Caracas? How to do the Blind Photography Project in one of the most dangerous cities in the world?

 

Strategy: use a disposable camera. 

10 cameras bought at Müller shop in Vienna. 

Each one has 27 photos. 

Each one costs 6€.

© Alejandra loreto. The 10 disposable cameras brought to Caracas.

© Alejandra Loreto. One disposable camera = 6€ = 6000BsF (100BsF is the highest note)