by Sander van Heerde 15. March 2012 01:22

This photo really doesn’t need any writing, but since i placed it here i will do so anyway. Also just to emphasize the mesmerizing and ambiguous workings of tele-vision which in Greek means ‘far-sight’ and sounds like fictitious images from an other place (and other time perhaps).
We see a small tv unit in this photo on the right, but on the big screen there's a main event happening just a couple of yards away, drama, terror and destruction. 

The sunlight entering the flat seems a bit disturbing to me as the horror that will shortly be is very visible and close. The light contributes to the ‘lazy afternoon’ feeling in the livingroom and almost convinces you that there is nothing to worry about and it’s just a movie or something.
Secondly; it is the workings of the media, in this case photograhpy that makes the image through the window looks flat and postcard-like and thus creating this abiguous emotion of feeling save and not being save, and awful versus pretty at the same time.

Which brings us to the issue of esthetics. I heard some people (mostly artists) say that this footage we all saw; the wtc collapsing, was a very beautifull thing to see. They were not joking and i agree with them for the part that the ‘image’ of the impact and collapse has esthetic value.  It’s often the case with art that good art is shocking, dramatic and pushes the boundaries. Of course this is not meant to be art but it still is an image just as any other and therefore is being seen and read by our brain as an ordinary image. Our ‘free will’ can dicide and choose to say that it is awful, but when you block these primary responses you can look at other aspects of images. The image above kinda owns that feeling.

Photo by Patricia McDonough at

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All images have a denotive meaning (direct or literal meaning) as well as a connotative meaning (suggestive or implicative meaning). Sometimes the line between them is clear like for instance in a newspaper, and sometimes it seems not to exist at all as in art images. In our daily lives we mostly read images in a direct way which costs the least amount of energy and time. The way in which we read the ordinary images needs to ‘fit’ in with our dialy lives and thoughts. Art images do the very opposite of this and often ask a second look. Art images also provide more information then is seen on the surface and are more connected to our feelings  and memories.
This blog intents to create more space for the connotations that are attached to ordinary images and the relation between the connotative and denotive meaning of imagery. This blog presents a ‘stream’ of images which tell more about the things you don’t see but do exist. At least in my imagination.

Sander van Heerde is an artist who lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands

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