Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
`There are pictures because there are walls. We have to be able to forget there are walls, and have found no better way to do that than pictures. Pictures efface walls. But walls kill pictures. So we need continually to be changing, either the wall or the picture, to be forever putting other pictures up on the walls, or else constantly moving the pictures from one wall to another.' - Georges Perec, Species of Spaces, trans. by John Sturrock.
A student of mine refers to 'angling' his pictures.
One of my students defines the photograph as being `an infinite moment in time'.
`It is a virtue, I came to believe long ago, not to make a meal out of one’s emotional life. There’s always enough work to do, not to mention that there’s world enough outside.’ - Joseph Brodsky
`Photography always implies subtraction, or a sense of something missing, something outside the frame’ - Luigi Ghirri
'A photograph [...] is true to character only if it precludes the notion of completeness. Its frame marks a provisional limit; its content refers to other contents outside that frame, and its structure denotes something that cannot be encompassed - physical existence' (Siegfried Kracauer, 'The Photographic Approach).
`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.