Archive for the ‘Susan Sontag’ Tag

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

Mushroom Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Mushroom Photo-Artistry by kenne

Perhaps nothing about a person is more potent,
and also more arbitrary, than the person’s name.

— 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

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

When A Selfie Becomes A Self-Portrait   8 comments

kenne & joy painting-blog-2Kenne and Joy — Computer painting by kenne

This image started as an iPhone selfie and evolved to become a self-portrait.
I’m sure the purest of the art world would not see this as a self-portrait painting.
For me, however, smartphones, cameras and software are tools,
just as paint, canvas and mirrors are tools. Each can be art
without having been done by a Rembrandt or a Sontag. My desire is for others to become a tourist in my reality.

kenne

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.

— Susan Sontag

 

 

A Stately Saguaro Family   1 comment

Saguaro (1 of 1) blogA Stately Saguaro Family — Image by kenne

“Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.”

— 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

Fall On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Aspen Draw Colors (1 of 1)_contrast blogThe Woods Near Aspen Draw On Mt. Lemmon In The Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

The higher elevations of the Santa Catalina Mountains provide plenty of fall colors from the variety of vegetation — bedstraw, bigtooth maple, cliffbush, corkbark fir, Douglas-fir, Gambel oak,mountain parsley, mountain snowberry, New Mexico locust, New Mexico raspberry, quaking aspen, Rocky Mountain maple, silverleaf oak,southwestern white pine and white fir.

— kenne

“Instead of just recording reality,

photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us,

thereby changing the very idea of reality, and of realism.”

— Susan Sontag

# 4,000   7 comments

Sunset - Forget Al (1 of 1) Becoming blogThis is the 4,000th posting on this WordPress blog, Becoming Is Superior Being — Image by kenne

After two years of blogging on Yahoo’s now defunct, Yahoo 360, I began blogging on WordPress.com April 2008. This posting marks number 4,000. 

“The photographer is always trying to colonize new experiences or find new ways to look at familiar subjects — to fight against boredom. For boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. ‘The Chinese have a theory that you pass through boredom into fascination,’ Arbus noted.” (Diane Arbus)

— from On Photography by Susan Sontag

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