I know. It is insane, but I would like to make the claim that the meaning of photography is contained in these two images. By thinking about the Fenton photographs we are essentially thinking about some of the most vexing issues in photography – about posing, about the intentions of the photographer, about the nature of photographic evidence – about the relationship between photographs and reality. We also have the first motion picture because we have two images in sequence. We just don’t know (at first) what the sequence is because they are not conjoined in celluloid. One further point. Isn’t much of science the attempt to fill in what happened between two moments of time, t₀ and t₁? To explain how and why something changed?Isn't much of music -- at least that much that is not about speech-like communication -- the attempt to fill in the space between two moments of time?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Music, photography, science
Filmmaker Errol Morris's extraordinary blog, Zoom, has a paragraph that hit me like a brick: