Archive for the ‘Susan Sontag’ Category

Bee On Yellow Flower   1 comment

“Bee On Yellow Flower” — Image by kenne

“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.
The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused,
the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels
that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? —
and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ —
then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.”

― from Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Tourist In Other People’s Reality   Leave a comment

OtherPeoplesReality-2-72Tourist In Other People’s Reality (1974) — a caricature of kenne

In 1974 an artist friend I worked with at a publishing company drew this caricature of me trying to include all the things he felt identified with me. For a long time, it hung on the wall in my office(s). One day I used a sharpy and wrote on the glass of the framed poster, “I’m a tourist in other people’s reality,” which sums up my life. I borrowed the line from Susan Sontag’s book (On Photography), “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.” 

— kenne

Pinned on the wall in the drawing is the Edmund Burke quote:

“No men can act with effect who do not act in concert;
no men can act in concert who do not act with confidence;
no men can act with confidence who are not bound together
with common opinions, common affections, and common interests.”

 

Richardson’s Geranium Wildflower — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Richardson's geranium (1 of 1) art-Edit-3-art-72.jpgRichardson’s Geranium Wildflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

If literature has engaged me as a project, first as a reader,
then as a writer, it is an extension of my sympathies to
other selves, other domains, other dreams, other worlds, other territories.

— Susan Sontag

(I’m currently reading Benjamin Moser’s latest book, “Sontag — Her Life and Work.) 

Bee On A Desert Chicory Wildflower   Leave a comment

Southerland TrailBee On A Desert Chicory Wildflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“The primitive notion of the efficacy of images
presumes that images possess the qualities of real things,
but our inclination is to attribute real things the quality of images.”

— Susan Sontag

The Photographer   Leave a comment

kenne SCVN Hike 007-Edit-2-art-72-2The Photographer — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“In America,
the photographer is not simply
the person who records the past,
but the one who invents it.”

— Susan Sontag

Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterflies–Photo-Artistry   4 comments

Two-Tailed Swallowtail (1 of 1) grunge Art blogTwo-Tailed Swallowtail Butterflies — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality,
and eventually in one’s own.

— Susan Sontag

Trail Through Mountain Meadow Grass   5 comments

Italian Springs 2013Trail Through Mountain Meadow Grass — Digital Art by kenne

The primitive notion of the efficacy of images presumes
that images possess the qualities of real things, but our
inclination is to attribute to real things the qualities of images.

— Susan Sontag

Desert Blossom Digital Art   5 comments

Prickly Pear Blossom-1785 Art blogDesert Blossom — Digital Art by kenne

The possession of a camera can inspire something akin to lust.

— Susan Sontag

Greater Roadrunner Sitting On Nest   3 comments

Nesting Roadrunner blogGreater Roadrunner Sitting On Nest In A Cholla Cacti — Image by kenne

A capitalist society requires a culture based on images.
It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to
stimulate buying and anesthetize the injuries of class, race, and sex.”

—  from “On Photography” by Susan Sontag

In Flight   4 comments

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Painted Lady-3186 blogPainted Lady in Flight — Images by kenne

The truth is always something that is told,
not something that is known.
If there were no speaking or writing,
there would be no truth about anything. T
here would only be what is.

— Susan Sontag

Black & White Street Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Black & White Street Photo Essay by kenne

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality,
and eventually in one’s own.

— Susan Sontag

Goldeneye   Leave a comment

Goldeneye (1 of 1) grunge art 1 blogGoldeneye Wildflower — Computer Art by kenne

“The primitive notion of the

efficacy of images presumes

that images possess

the qualities of real things,

but our inclination is to

attribute to real things

the qualities of images.”

— Susan Sontag

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