Photography is known to be not the most captivating art form out there - compare it to music, films, books, plays - it just doesn't come close to overwhelming your senses. 999 times out of 1000, you're looking at the images from your computer screen where the they are competing for your attention with maybe tens of other things. Social media, emails, chats, news, all kinds of distractions. It happens to me quite often that I go to my computer to do some specific thing, get carried away immediately in the "flow of internet" and only remember what I needed to do when I'm about to leave; it's only then when I think why I opened my laptop in the first place. How can you concentrate on something as humble as a photograph in the middle of this chaos, especially if it's not of colorful sunset?
In other words - how to make photography more engaging? Artist talk is one good way to do it - maybe there're others, but right now nothing comes to mind. I gave a talk last weekend at ambulARToorium art house and it came off just wonderfully. I've been showing my photos with projector and talking about them before, but this time it was different. Instead of standing in front of the crowd, I was behind everybody and the room was almost completely dark. In this way I was able to just look at the pictures myself (and not the audience, not that I'm afraid to look at audience, but it's not very comfortable if the picture is behind you) and discuss the pictures. It's more like looking together instead of presenting or giving a talk. If you don't have too much to say about the picture, silence is fine too (while it's awkward in front of people).
Without the stress of all eyes being on me I felt free, freer than usual. I think I was able to be more open and honest when discussing my work. Nothing was staged or pre-planned, it was just going with the flow. I enjoyed it very much and I hope the audience felt the same.
I looking forward to be able to show my work like this more. It's as close to transformative experience as it gets in photography.