Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Images

British writer John BergerImage via Wikipedia
“An image is a sight which has been recreated or reproduced.  It is an appearance, or a set of appearances, which has been detached from the place and time in which it first made its appearance and preserved – for a few moments or a few centuries. Every image embodies a way of seeing.  Even a photograph.  For photographs are not, as is often assumed, a mechanical record.  Every time we look at a photograph, we are aware, however slightly, of the photographer selecting that sight from in infinity of other possible sights. This is true even in the most casual family snapshot. The photographer’s way of seeing is reflected in his choice of subject.  The painter’s way of seeing is reconstituted by the marks he makes on the canvas or paper. Yet, although every image embodies a way of seeing, our perception or appreciation of an image depends also upon our own way of seeing. (It may be, for example, that Sheila is one figure among twenty ; but for our own reasons she is the one we have eyes for” - John Berger, Ways Of Seeing
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