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Telling our own stories

Sat Feb 15, 2014, 2:20 AM
Over the last decade or so, the importance of "narrative" - the stories we tell to and about ourselves, and that are told about us - has grown on me. We all have points of view, and biases, no matter what we try (or claim!) to be. And it is a fractal-ish, recursive idea, that is as true within our heads and personal spaces, local communities, and national level, as it is between nations.

There is an article in the Guardian - If western journalists get Africa wrong, who gets it right? which I picked up from a tweet by Greg Marinovich, exploring the idea of who is telling Africa's stories. I think every community, of every size, needs to own their own stories, and get them out there. I guess Facebook facilitates this at a personal level, but we abrogate the telling of the larger stories to others, who have different perspectives.

To my fellow African deviants - get your stories out there! And actually, to everyone - it's your story - tell it!

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Grant Hillebrand
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ericchristopher Mar 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Finally ready. How do I post a video on dA? Thanks.
AfricanObserver Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You'll have to check the FAQ - you need to email a link to an already-on-the-web video to one of the staff, and then they give you access to upload video. I think they're trying to limit the number of random "lets make this into a youtube clone" effect, but it is a bit of a delay. Once you've got access, you can upload as many as you want, no hassles. Look forward to seeing your stuff.
ericchristopher Mar 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much, AO. You've been most helpful. :)
AfricanObserver Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Only a pleasure!

Grant H
MelikeBAt Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The DD suggested by you is very beautiful and your comment on it as beautiful as the art itself.
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philippaopao Mar 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
I wasn't quite ready to get in to this sudden flurry of publicity, I was literally shocked! I think I've fainted. Nevertheless thank you very much AfricanObserver ! w00t! 
AfricanObserver Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a great and powerful photo.

I'm sorry that I caused you to host such a vitriolic debate. But I must admit, some of the loudest voices have some very ... interesting ... work on their pages.
But at the end of the day, we each bring our views to the works of others, and I think yours is top notch.
AfricanObserver Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
It seems I generated some debate with the interpretation. And indeed, it may not be true in this case, but I have seen too many women uncomfortable with the interactions that men have initiated to believe that it could not be so.
MelikeBAt Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
It is not important if your interpretation is true or not.
Your point of view is unique and true in most cases; unfortunately.
At least in my country.
AfricanObserver Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a pity - here too. Strength for the journey!
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