The Fall

Man does not seek knowledge; he covers it. For the Ancient Greeks, the gods were not to be questioned. Later, the Christians would adopt the convenient ethical stance of refraining from questioning themselves. With the advent of photography, reality was not to be questioned further. The contradictory dogmas that attached themselves to each of these…

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If I have been photographed, I am already dead

Reality is a cast; reality is the negative. This is the reason why all our photographs come out looking like positive images. And if reality is the negative, then all our thoughts and dreams now, that we think and dream we thought and dreamt then, are necessarily positive because all we retain from reality is…

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Investment

The photograph is the result of light painting itself. The painting is the action of the hand showing. In the former case, there is no translation involved in beholding the objet d’art: light paints itself on the photographic film/sensor and the result is seen by the eyes which function through the transmission of the same…

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If

“Dasein is ontically distinctive in that it is ontological” (HEIDEGGER, 1962:32). The ontico-ontological dimension of Dasein refutes ontology. Being cannot be ontological. The being of beings, Being(,) in itself(,) catches sight of everything outside itself. Dasein realizes that everything about itself is contained within itself – DNA. It is then a willful decision of Dasein…

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Atomised

It is common knowledge that the relationship analogue photography has with light is different from the relationship digital photography has with light. In the former case, the relationship with light is non-arbitrary; in the latter case, the relationship with light is arbitrary. Can we use this perceived relational difference these two types of photography have…

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To know, or not to know, and to know – the question of evidence

I stand still at the end of an empty street. Looking down the street, I observe the street lamps growing smaller as they recede into the distance. Identical street lamps simply do not grow smaller as they recede into the distance. I merely have to approach each one in turn to verify that indeed they…

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The Crutches of Reality

Perception is predictive. The predictions made by the perceptive system are based on the assumption that an assumed reality ought to be somewhat similar to those predictions. An assumed reality is borne by memory and hence is born out of the past, a past which comes to be constituted as such by the very futurity…

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Who was Hecuba’s mother?

Wikipedia tells us that vector graphics are “computer graphics images that are defined in terms of 2D points, which are connected by lines and curves to form polygons and other shapes. Each of these points has a definite position on the x- and y-axis of the work plane and determines the direction of the path; further, each path may have various properties…

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Sustainable Prospects – Week 6

In this blog post, I would like to focus my attention on the work of a photographer I discovered recently and whose work I found highly pertinent to my writings about representation in photography. In her project, ‘Early American’, artist Sharon Core, carefully reproduced in real-life the subject matter contained in certain paintings by American…

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