What am I looking for in photography? Images that penetrate the eye, engage the mind, and pierce the heart. Mark L. Power
Wikipedia: simulacra, from the Latin simulacrum which means “likeness, similarity”… by the late 19th century, simulacra had been regarded as an image without the substance or qualities of the original…
All we want from art: reality, mysteriously deepened. David Shields
Photographs often promise to tell stories, but they seldom deliver. They show far more detail than we could ever remember had we not brought a camera to a scene…and we meet them with the inclination, deeply entrenched, to try to work the world’s details into a sequential, causal order. …the material of narration is mostly beyond them. …the poetic ambiguity born in the imbalance between photography’s overabundant detail and its poverty in everything else is the medium’s true gift to the modern arts. Leo Rubinfiene
Needless to say, these pictures … were the size of The Raft of the Medusa. So what if they were just snaps of someone jerking off in a leather armchair in an apartment in Zurich? So what if it was just a half-eaten,pre-packaged egg-and-cress sandwich abandoned on the seat of a bus shelter in Stockholm? So what if it was a portrait of the artist’s sour-faced grandmother pushing her shopping trolley round a poorly stocked supermarket in Barnsley? Blow ‘em up big enough and they looked … Well, they looked like shit, frankly, but they looked like art too. Geoff Dyer
Old posts from my former blog, the Salt Mine, can be found in the archive section, from 2008-10.