- Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

The Photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer, but only and for certain what has been.

- Robert Redford, Inside The Actors Studio

All those things that are part of nature and space, are replaced by noises and sounds. And the sounds are all about development. There is a sadness for me of what’s lost.

- Roland Barthes' thoughts on photography {Camera Lucida} paired with Donnie Darko's discovery of the effluence of Time {Donnie Darko, Directed by Richard Kelly}

 "The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star. A sort of umbilical cord links the body of the photographed thing to my gaze...’ 


- Modest Mouse lyric {It's A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About / Exit Does Not Exist} paired with Marty McFly's existential crisis {Back To The Future / Michael J. Fox}.

" sunlight

7:20 pm

early September

standing looking at a photograph

that you do not remember

being taken

you look out of breath

and me like I am faking

as a matter of fact

I don't recall this photo being taken

you don't even actually exist so I just started shaking

does not exist, take an exit "



I have recently been filling my down time digesting this amazing oversized book by Nicholas Felton, PHOTOVIZ - Visualizing Information Through Photography.

Lots of interesting ways of aggregating visual data into one file. Most of these images are unsettling for some reason or another (cover for example). They all succeed at packing in an extended, or hyper-shortened, period of time into an image. 

My take away quotes from the book - 

"It is now worth asking whether finding the "decisive moment" should remain the goal of photography." 

"There is simply no limit to how much photography we will produce, and without techniques to manage, understand, and consolidate the photographic future, our images will go unseen."

It seems like the 'Big Photo' culture where everyone is documenting loads of daily moments addresses whether any moment is now unique enough to warrant noteworthiness. Culture has moved on from the snapshot, and is now consuming 'stories' to satiate. 

artist credit:

Wake Turbulence - Mike Kelley  /  Visualizations of The Flight Paths of Birds - Dennis Hlynsky  /  Babel Tales - Peter Funch /  Traffic Lights - Lucas Zimmermann  /  Transient Light - Martin Kimbell