Distributed Arts Publishing has a new catalog called “Shape of Light” corresponding to an exhibition of photography, still taking place as I write this at the Tate Museum, in London. The point I want to make is communication relies on abstraction, regardless of considering how language works. And there is nothing to be afraid of.
What my writing for this blog can achieve is limited most of all by exigency, but since what I have penned here was written periodically, I can make limited reparations for the stupid things that I have said. Writing tends, like painting and photography, to point outwards to other things. If I was explicit about what I know is the ultimate nature of reality, while it would be a heartfelt recital, I wouldn’t be able to take credit for it. The early part of this blog is
What fascinates me though is how the expanded definition of synaesthesia used in “Layers of Reality” is how representational realism, and dualism, has become the reigning position of our age; many today find the descriptions of materialism comforting.
I’ve been thinking lately that the discursive images used in architectural mock-ups have something to do with what all photographs are, as writing with light, photographs now seem to me as fractal parts of a greater design.
Garry Winogrand is the preeminent practitioner of what has become known as the genre of street photography, which he’d probably resent the heck out of my writing. In an interview in 1981, when questioned about the term street photography, Winogrand referred to it as “a stupidity”. Geoff Dyer is a writer, primarily a novelist, though he is a fine critic.