Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
`Surely nobody is more aware of the limitations of the visual than visual artists, just as poets are most sensitive to the inadequacies of language’ - Tacita Dean & Jeremy Millar, Place (London: Thames & Hudson, 2005), p.25
Play is valuable because time is our limit and we transcend our mortality through the joy of playing.
“Perhaps the real measure of a photograph’s greatness is that in its presence we experience a priceless relief from mortality, we engage in such intense thought that we have a sense of being outside ourselves, even for the eternity of a moment” - Estelle Jussim
Photography is a tool for navigating what life randomly presents to us at any given moment.
'I believe that the black-and-white photograph, or rather the gray zones in the black-and-white photograph, stand for this territory that is located between death and life' (W. G. Sebald, interview with Christian Scholz, 1997).
What kind of life is it where you can’t walk three steps without taking a camera?
'Teaching and learning is nothing. It's living and looking. All these photography schools are a gimmick. What are they teaching? Could you teach me how to walk? (Henri Cartier-Bresson)
"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." - Nikos Kazantzakis
All photography is in the end this: to see the world otherwise.
'Creativity is the unforeseen made necessary' (Pierre Boulez)