Hong Kong Lucida

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Things As They Are

Wallace Stevens: “You have a blue guitar,/ You do not play things as they are.”

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I suppose the whole point of the visual arts is to get us to see things as they otherwise are.

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And perhaps be unlikely.

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Wallace Stevens: “Things as they are/ Are changed upon the blue guitar.”

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This is not a bicycle.

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This is not a ladder.

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These are not sacks waiting to be moved.

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Things as they are not are directions and lines of force.

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Things as they are not are relationships between lines, textures, and light.

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With things as they are not, we learn the background of things.

 

Camera: Spotmatic F

Lens: Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 35mm F 3.5

Film: Fujifilm Superia Venus 800

 

 

 

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2 comments on “Things As They Are

  1. philosophoenix
    February 10, 2015

    I’m reminded of “Gödel, Escher, Bach.” And also of my seminar on English Romantic era poetry–Coleridge’s defamiliarization and the suspension of disbelief.

    • eddietay
      February 10, 2015

      Sounds like a fascinating book! I must go read it.

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