Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
From the sociology conferences I have attended over the years I have come away with the distinct impression that, with regard to photography and visual culture, sociologists are twenty years behind the curve of modern languages and critical theory, bearing in mind that those fields, in their turn, are ten years behind anthropology, which itself is five years behind what practitioners actually do.
`Search nothing beyond the phenomena, they themselves are the theory’ - Goethe on colour, 1810, cited in Mark Cousins’s The Story of Looking, p. 31
'God made man because he loves stories' - Elie Wiesel
Among Roland Barthes' 'Projected Books':
'Incidents (mini-texts, one liners, haiku, notations, puns, everything that falls like a leaf), etc.' (Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes, trans. by Richard Howard, p. 50).
In this book, Barthes cites part of a letter sent by Paul Valéry from Prague:
“Lost abroad in an unknown language. Everyone understands one another and together are human. But not you, or you ...”
`The frivolous insignificance of language, the suspension of images, must be the very space of love’ - Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida, trans. by Richard Howard, p. 72
Couples in the café sitting opposite each other, lovingly staring into the glow of their mobile phones.
Why do we bother traveling when we have cafes to transport us?
Social media provide an alibi for one’s absence.
One of my students describes social media as the best form of `commutation’ he knows.