Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
`Seeing comes before words’ - John Berger
We might be entering a moment when the very purpose of art is to slow things down; to afford friction; to refuse easy translation into information’ - David Joselit, Conceptual Art of the Press Release, or Art History without Art’, *October *158 (Fall) (2016), pp. 167-68 (p. 168).
`Perceptively, [Henry] Moore declared symmetry a waste of information, since it uses twice the space to say the same thing’ - Luis Camnitzer, The Mediocrity of Beauty (New York: Alexander Gray Associates, 2015), p. 4
To build a bridge one must be a bridge.
`The person in the photograph wants something from me’ - Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography, p. 327.
The living see off their days
like negatives, exposed once
but never developed.
(Adam Zagajewski, from his poem, ‘Elegy for the Living’)
The more connected we are online the more divided we are socially and politically.
Not long ago online someone introduced themselves to me as a `camera natzi [sic] LOL'. Clearly, history and spelling have become distant concepts. Our times will be remembered, if at all, for their coarsening of language and imagery.
'If to be human is to suffer, we are not human to suffer only'
(Seferis, 'An Old Man on the River-Bank')
`Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.’ (Walker Evans)