Tuesday, July 18, 2006

out there ...

photography is...

"an austere and blazing poetry of the real" - Ansel Adams

"the recording of strangeness and beauty with beguiling precision" - Sebastian Smee

"a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality" - Alfred Stieglitz

"the dominant and fascinating and only folk art of the twentieth century" - Sir John Rotherstein

"(a means by which we)...learn to see the ordinary" - David Bailey

"a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing. The contest can be held anywhere ..." - John Szarkowski

a camera is...

"the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera" - Dorothea Lange

"the camera has interesting ideas of its own" - John Szarkowski.

Julia Child (1912-2004), television chef

"If you're afraid of butter, use cream"

"the only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook"

"life itself is the proper binge."

"everything in moderation, including moderation."

Saturday, July 08, 2006

in·ter·twine ...

this post is for e2d ...
the world is full of signals that we don't perceive. tiny creatures live in a different world of unfamiliar forces. many organism of our scale greatly exceed our range of perception for sensations familiar to us. what an imperceptive lot we are. surrounded by so much, so fascinating and so real, that we do not see (hear, smell, touch, taste) in nature, yet so gullible and so seduced by claims for novel power that we mistake the tricks of mediocre magicians for glimpses of a psychic world beyond our ken. the paranormal may be a fantasy; it is certainly a haven for charlatans. but “parahuman” powers of perception lie all about us in birds, bees, twiners and bacteria.
- altered words