Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ways of Seeing ( Episode 1)

European paintings once catered to the human individual, adding perspective for its audience.  The eye was the only mechanism of sight, with all views of the world collecting in the through the eye, in an individual's brain.  Perspective allowed paintings to mimic the world and entertain the human eye.

Then the camera, a machine was invented. The photograph is "free from the boundaries of time and space" (Dziga Vertov).  I found this quote very intriguing and powerful.  European paintings, their styles and the many technique used to make them, were very dated.  The camera was new and could move all around the world with humanity.  Pictures captured seconds of real life and held them forever.

Paintings eventually become images like these because they are photographed.  In our very technologically-based modern world, we spread these images, and others, everywhere.  We have no need for painting any more.  I thought this was very impactful because art has so much more value for me than an image on a screen.  Photographs, and photography in general, is great.  But paintings, the stuff that takes time, lots of time, to make, has more meaning in it when viewed in person, not on a screen.

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