No Center

Lately, I’ve been thinking about looking as a means of reflection and understanding. In my writing blog, The Bronsk Commons, I recently posted about descriptions as a way of seeing. And I like how Thomas Struth‘s “Museum Photographs” memorably explore looking at looking on a somewhat larger scale. But I wonder what a more intimate approach, inspired a bit by street photography, would be like and what I’ll learn. Here’s the first set, then, in a new series.

“This is not to say that before the invention of the camera that men could see everything. But perspective organized the visual field as though that were indeed the ideal. Every drawing or painting that used perspective proposed to the spectator that he was the unique center of the world. The camera…demonstrated that there was no center.” —John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Fatuous (Double Portrait)

Transit Reader (I)

Your Turn

7 thoughts on “No Center

  1. Thanks! Berger is great, and I need to pick that theme up again in my photos. I really appreciate all the likes and comments. I’m a fan of your blog.

  2. What a nice find. Most timely as I unravel what I’ve been doing. Your take on Berger and applying it in real time, makes it easier to understand.

  3. Yes, it’s been a great read so far. I’m also looking forward to the Bachelard book I saw you mention on your blog. Thanks for looking at my photos.

  4. Love Berger. I love the museum series too. I wrote and essay including them way back when I was studying photography. They do really make you think about looking, seeing, art and photography and the relationship between them.

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