Good photography, or any other manifestation in man, comes from a state of grace. Grace comes when you are delivered from conventions, obligations, convenience, competition, and you are free, like a child in his first discovery of reality. You walk around in surprise, seeing reality as if [it is] for the first time…. That is why people that do creative work have to isolate themselves, they are all hermits, one way or another….
Often, recorded images seem to be a substitute for memory. There is the vacationer videotaping his experience out of both abhorrence at the fleetingness of all things and an often-mistaken sense that he will watch it later and truly know where he has been.
There is the modern state of seeming to remember as experience what has been known only as image or footage. There is the way that photographs become repositories of memory, and by that token our memories cease to be such repositories. That is to say, that the photograph is not augmentation of the mind but replacement of it in some sense, as all material recordings of knowledge, information, and appearance are, since drawing, since writing.
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