Join with the Ecstatic

The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic Just because the body is rotten— That is all fantasy. What is found now is found then. If you find nothing now, You will simply end up with an apartment in the City of Death. —Kabir


Can you ask more from the literature of the picture than you actually can support? — Robert Adams in an Interview with John Gossage

Beseitigen, Verwischen, Vermalen, Zerstören

[…] eine negativen Theologie des Bildes […], die davon ausgeht, dass ein Bild im stärksten und wahrsten Sinne des Wortes nicht intentional erreicht werden kann, sondern nur in einem komplexen, vielschichtigen und immer wieder negativen (Beseitigung, Verwischung, Vermalung, Zerstörung von Sichtbarkeiten und Ordnungen im Gemälde) Prozess des Malens – vielleicht – glücken kann. — über… Continue reading Beseitigen, Verwischen, Vermalen, Zerstören

Tools Not Broken

The basic insight of this analysis is found in Heidegger’s remark that, for the most part, the things of the world are not represented by our minds at any given moment. Mostly we fail to notice that the ground beneath our feet is stable, that our heartbeats continue without interruption, that atmospheric oxygen enables the… Continue reading Tools Not Broken

Grains of Golden Sand

A Dream Within a Dream Edgar Allan Poe – 1809-1849 Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow: You are not wrong who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a… Continue reading Grains of Golden Sand

Good Pictures

Athens, November 2021

Ouch, that hurt. But I probably needed that: On January 7, 1971, Diane Arbus conducted interviews with prospective students of a photography master class she would teach that winter – the last winter of her life – and wrote about the interviewees thus: …one after another would parade into this empty room like as if… Continue reading Good Pictures

Surface Tension

The photographic image that always collapses several layers into one: The three dimensions of the world into a two-dimensional plane, the curved plane of the lens, the flat surface of the sensor or the emulsion, the plane of the printed picture treated with the vectors of digital editing. The interaction of these planes is where images… Continue reading Surface Tension