"You just can’t get away from how amazing mistakes look" ought to be a tagline for every school of education, for life.
So it wasn't too surprising that I drifted from watching the interview and began paying attention to shadows. For two or more months, I have belonged to a Facebook group of photographers who focus on making images of human shadows and to date, I have contributed one image. I have viewed a lot though and surely this influenced me. As I sat in the small room, I unlaced my sneakers pushed them into the light and made an image. I edged my foot into the dark and light and made another image. (Mind you I had this exhibit largely to myself. Everyone else was at the Lourve making snapshots of the art. Okay that was a bit snarky.) I raised my hand, spread fingers and played the piano and so on.
|My Right Foot|
Here are a few of the images I made while walking in Paris:
|Man in a Fedora|
Towards the end of the exhibit, the curator placed a quote from Towards a Philosophy of Photography by Vilém Flusser (1983). Flusser writes:
The imagination of the camera is greater than that of every single photographer and that of all photographers put together: This is precisely the challenge to the photographer. Likewise, there are parts of the camera's program that are already well explored. It is true that one can still take new images, but they would be redundant, non-informative images, similar to those one has seen before. As stated elsewhere, redundant photographs are not of interest in this study; photographers in the sense intended here are in pursuit of possibilities that are still unexplored in the camera's program, in pursuit of informative, improbable images that have not been seen before" (pp. 36-37, from here).
Oh to be in pursuit of possibilities--unexplored possibilities.
Some days a phone is just a phone and the camera within is merely a means to reproduce the familiar. It's like a friend you never tire from being with. Some days a phone camera, like any tool, can be used to make something unexpected. Today, was a day of playing and after so many months where grief has more than dogged my step, it was a simple joy that transform the weight of grief into nothing more than shadows.