"... photography's history is bound to the mistake, to the accident."
"I had neither training nor complexes. By necessity and choice I decided, anything would have to go. A technique of no taboos: blur, grain, contrast, cock-eyed framing, accidents, whatever happens."
A lunchtime panic-buy today - refusing to pay £15.00 for the magazine I really wanted, instead I plumped for this affectation which was a terrible mistake. Vapid, intellect-free, fey and aimed at 17 year-old girls with an interest in creativity, at least it was only a fiver. All of which means that I'll likely be dropping that £15.00 later this week. Anyway, this is picture 2 of the series Magazines that I've started and will continue, eyesight permitting.
"The real definition of an extrovert is someone who gains energy from other people. An introvert is someone whose energy is drained by others." Laurie Simmons in 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton.
I wonder if it is possible to be a portrait photographer who is an introvert. Perhaps I'm aiming for the impossible.
To increase desires to an unbearable level whilst making the fulfilment of them more and more inaccessible: this was the single principle upon which Western society was based.
Michel Houellebecq - The Possibility of an Island
Public Defender Dean Strang, actress Lola Kirke, and a mash-up of So It Goes no. 7.
"In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female. The determining male gaze projects its phantasy on to the female form which is styled accordingly. In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness.”
Laura Mulvey - Visual and Other Pleasures
If you can overcome the language, there's something to be said for what Mulvey said.