Tuesday, 2 June 2009

process of inquiry

Poetry deconstructs and slathers love all over the formal aspects of language and words, and painting does the same. Why wouldn't you put all the elements into play in photography? Pit the chemistry, the paper, the film and the enlarger into a death match where it's not clear who is going to survive. The outcome doesn't matter as much as the process of inquiry; this isn't abstraction it's exploration. The scientific demands of the photographic process necessitate a lot of rule-following. Best not to become too docile in the mind, though. As Carl Sagan says in the Backbone of the Night episode of Cosmos: (sic) too much conventional thinking isn't doing anyone any favor.' Mariah Robertson, 2009

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