Awesome camera by Laura Goldstein Review

Laura Goldenstein provides powerful but brief poems to elaborate subjectivisation in the relational field.  I have been reading her poems and saying they are great is an understatement. She reminds me of  Names Disguised by Betsy Fagin. In this work – Awesome Camera – she uses a camera, in its steady state, to drive the point home. In its nature, the camera blends the topographical differences and presents a detailed relationship. The camera offers a form for determining and presenting existence. Consequently, it mends a field that formed but subjectivisation.

Basically, the author uses a camera as a knowledge medium that explicates a lot. The poem communicates in a way that resonates with us as humans. She uses a language that longs on its own as she presents small scenarios that have massive significance.


Awesome Camera revolves around how the media influences on our mediation as we witness strangers suffering. The camera can be compared to a high tech coffin that traps the viewer and a corpse in an agonizing attachment that only one of them can survive. A Laura book tends to be, much aware that a photographic image is the shrewd symbol of survival which thrives in death and stillness. The theme of temporary survival is no new in Laura works. In her first book, Loaded Arc, he explores floods narratives- the flood of Genesis and Hurricane of Katrina.

The history of the camera goes hand in hand with death, for example, the post mortem photography in the nineteenth century, especially of children and infants. This photography worked with silver plate photography, which has a slow exposure time. It is no wonder that photographs of living children were blurry with eyes having silver smudges and hands pale chiffon. The clarity of the image and realism of its capture were depended on how long it remained still.


The book touches on leaders and elections. As the people engage in small battles, the news pays little attention to detail but throw full focus on the source. The leaders emerge strong than ever. This means that they control newspapers, prices and security services as some people say.

Reading through Laura’s Awesome Camera, You can’t help notice a peculiar sense she paints a vivid description of distraction. It seems like she is dealing with a gargantuan number of photojournalistic images at the same. Through her rhythmic lines, she expresses what these images share.

Capturing Incidents

One or two frames out of thousands, short in any particular disaster become a substitute of cultural capital of the event. The photographs become a centerpiece of consciousness in public like a photo of a vulture hovering at the top of a Sudanese child or Diana Bryant falling in a collapsing building on fire on Marlborough Street with her granddaughter. That is awesome camera for you! The public reaction is gasps, shocks and shaking heads as these photos scope highest awards. These photos ensure that we remember the incident and development of the incident.

Most direct witness describes the incidents as “like a movie” or unreal. We can never see what has happened.  That is a reality that remains unreal to us. Arguably, we can deduce that witnessing is a struggle between what is real and mediated interpretation. The photographs portray survival fantasy that is fraught structurally. The author reminds us that although what you see is not what you get, it is what you forget and see over and over again.

Laura does a great job crafting a mind-blowing poem, Awesome Camera.  The occasion of the poem is an article published the New York Times published to commemorate the Iranian protest.  A protestor with a green bandana and raising two fingers accompanied the article.  Laura wanted to use the opportunity to reflect on how people received information and manipulated. She writes a series of poems finding different opportunities and occasions to think about how we develop political views.

To be a conscious being in this world, it is really mind-boggling to release the perception ability is constantly shifting and we are being manipulated or influenced.  Therefore the awesome camera is us and the media. In any case, the media is an extension of us.

Awesome camera is a great read. The poems are brilliantly written to help us reflect objectively more about the media and especially the image we come across in day to day life. By understanding our perception, we can understand the truth of what is happening around us.  You will love this work by Laura Goldstein.

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