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 www.patriciamcdonough.com