“but i would say this: what i have found over time is that i am surprised at how subtly responsive photography is to the state of the mind of a photographer. there is an old arab saying, “the apparent is the bridge to the real.” all i have to work with as a photographer are surfaces. the surface of a thing is an indication of deeper forces.” – steven shore [1]

03/01/2012 § Leave a comment

steven shore,  U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973 (1973)

 

the following might or might not have anything in common, but, at the moment they make perfect sense together:

1)   american suburban x recently posted an interview between steven shore and rong jiang at icp.  is photography analytical?

2)  a slate article (via wac) about the “greatest” paper map of america.  does imus act intuitively?

3)  finally, today i learned a new word: greeble (thanks things).  a greeble is an added piece of information on a surface, which has the effect of making the surface look more complex.  which reminds me of a line from viktor pelevin’s oman ra “the human psyche works in peculiar ways: it needs details first of all.  i remember when i was small i often used to draw tanks and aeroplanes and show them to my friends, and they always liked the drawings with lots of lines that didn’t really mean anything, so i actually began adding them on purpose” [2].

 

do you need details?

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[1]     today’s title (and photograph) comes from asx rong jiang’s interview of steven shore.

[2]    Pelevin, Viktor. Oman Ra. Trans. Andrew Bromfield. New York: New Directions, 1998. Print.

     

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