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Posts tagged "seeing"
Aug 04, 2014
Feb 28, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
If you’re told what to look for, you can’t see anything else. So one thing is to see, in a way, without words…. Once you have an idea, or somebody tells you something to look for, that’s about all you can see. I had this experience recently: A dear friend of ours has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and I hadn’t seen her for about six months. And when she came and visited, I couldn’t see her anymore. I could only look now for symptoms, how the dementia was manifesting itself. I couldn’t see her through any other lens but the possible symptoms. And that one word, that one piece of knowledge totally corrupted every time I looked at her.
Dec 10, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Looking, for Hockney, is interest-ing: it is the continual projection of interest.
— Lawrence Weschler, True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney
Jul 22, 2012
We see with memory. My memory is different from yours, so if we are both standing in the same place we’re not quite seeing the same thing. Different individuals have different memories, therefore other elements are playing a part. Whether you have been in a place before will affect you, and how well you know it. There’s no objective vision ever – ever.
Writers and artists have always been self-conscious consumers and filterers of experience, saving it and using it for artistic purposes later on. Perhaps Facebook and Twitter and Instagram incline more and more of us to respond to our experiences as only artists once did — perhaps in that sense the optimistic view that all of us are becoming creators is really true. Though whether that’s a good thing or not, whether the moment tends to get lost in the anticipation of its digital representation — that bears thinking about…
Jul 08, 2012
May 23, 2012