12:56 PM (5 hours ago)
You understand that if you look at a thing long enough, it appears to become a different thing.
Does the thing – be it bark, sand, or cloud, be it blank white wall – exist as its perceived state, coming to possess the qualities that arise from the metamorphosis of prolonged sight? Or does it remain unchanged?
In photographic art and documentation, the captured perception of the viewer is what defines the content of the image, thus trapping the attributes of the thing in fixed dimensionality – which can, of course, be shifted by other interpretation. In a very real sense we create our own dimensions. In our experiencing of space, figment, and time we carve the world a certain way.
Why is this remotely relevant?
When we are presented with images postured to display certain (oft contrived) attributes, we then create our experience of the thing – be it bird, tree, or sex – around forced notions. A bird becomes less than a bird in that it is reduced in our minds to little more than what we may make of it. There is scarcely room for consideration of what the bird may actually be, or, further what the bird may be to itself. We are far too busy hassling about what the birds mean to us.
Our assigning of opinion and justification to everything under the sun and even to the star itself leaves us madly scrambling to defend our world. It is entirely possible that when the inevitable collapse of American economy and status quo occurs people who’ve relied on broad media and consumer marketplaces to define their world will suffer catastrophic breakdowns when they realize that they have no idea how to move about in a world with rules that they don’t understand.
As the dissonance between presented reality and objective reality increases, rates of “severe mental illness” will skyrocket. The emotional trauma of seeing one’s relied upon real become quite unreliable will be, to some, crippling.
Subject: the nature of delicacy
Sent: Jul 16, 2011 12:26 PM
It is entirely possible that we have lost some elemental grace in our ways of living.