Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot’ - Werner Herzog, interview with Stephen Sackur, BBC Hard Talk, 20/1/15
A taste of exile is the first step towards becoming a philosopher, or a photographer.
Photography as `the deciphering of what we are in the light of what we are no longer' - Marc Augé.
`In the full light of day, a lamp in hand, he used to go about crying, “I’m on the lookout for a man”’ - Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Ancient Philosophers, writing about Diogenes of Sinope, cited in Anecdotes of the Cynics, selected and translated by Robert Dobbin (Penguin Classics).
Presence is light but cannot be foreknown
except by way of shadow. All is in the division:
how many nights does day need to be day?
brushed by shadow
have their being in light.
(From Heather Dohollau’s poem, `A Painter’, trans. by David Wheatley.
With thanks to Clémence O'Connor and David Wheatley.)
‘I think of those who organize everything according to what they have learned, believing only in what they’ve read in books and newspapers, and look down with condescension upon this world because they hate to feel lost, exposed to the randomness of appearances. If you have the feeling that you know everything, the desire to observe disappears.’ - Gianni Celati, Towards the River’s Mouth (Verso la foce), trans. by Patrick Barron, p. 49
What greater symptom of a loss of faith than the purgatory of faux analogue?
My first camera
My dual nationality
My third language
The death of a father
The birth of a daughter
My discovery of the North
When I photograph I try to hide something in such a way that it might be discovered by the viewer in a way I am unable to predict.