Monday, November 22, 2010

Still Lives

Not everything needs to be seen from afar. The world is seen anew when seen close up. Consider a meditation on form, when content is obscured by scale and distance. No set-up; just discovery of objects that already happen to be on the table. Not all distances that obscure are large. Make a shape into a giant, or a gnat's view. It doesn't matter either way. The world is content to shape itself, whatever you care to think of it.

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Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

You're still too far away. You need to get really close before these surfaces start to take of lives of their own. But I agree with the sentiment.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Well, yeah, sure. But there's only so close you can get with a macro lens on a camera, as opposed to a microscope. I've got a couple of books of that sort of photography in my library: extreme close-ups of ordinary things, which become strange new worlds. On the other hand, I doubt most people ever look at the world even THIS close up. They're usually busy taking it for granted, or ignoring the details while they cope with more urgent things. This is just to take a pause from all that, I suppose.

9:34 AM  

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