Disphotic – From greek, meaning unilluminated or poorly lit.
Disphotic is a verbal and visual scrapbook for Lewis Bush.
I am a photographer and writer, I use both mediums because I find they support each other and somewhat counter-act the inherent deficiencies in each other. Photography is direct, visceral, simplistic. Text is complex, ambiguous, vague. I use this blog as publicly accessible scrapbook, to comment on issues and work I find interesting, to show my own work and to post things for later recall.
As a photographer my practice explores a wide range of topics and spans many different media. The consistent characteristic is that most of my projects while looking at a given subject, also attempt to ask questions about the project itself and the media used to create it, an approach which has been characterised as meta-photography.
Feel free to contact me through my website.
Disphotic is an oceanographic term referring to a layer of the ocean lying between the euphotic (well lit) and aphotic (unlit) reaches of the ocean. Starting at around two hundred metres below sea level, the depth of the disphotic zone means little sunlight penetrates, resulting in a state of permanent twilight. If you’re into oceanography you can read more about the it here and here.
I adopted the name because it seemed like an apt metaphor for my experiences with photography, I felt that much photographic practice was often poorly explained or illuminated by practitioners. It seemed, and still seems to me that there is an attitude that a photographer’s place is not to think, or speak, or write, but to shoot and let the photographs alone do the talking, an attitude I find profoundly worrying. Equally though the name is a reflective joke on the unenlightened nature of my own ponderings, and also a reference to what my friends allege is my chronic tendency to underexpose my own photographs.