Archive for the ‘Susan Sontag’ Tag

Mountain Shadows   Leave a comment

Mountain Shadows (Santa Catalina Mountains) — Image by kenne

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”

— Susan Sontag

Peloncillo Mountains   1 comment

Doubtful Pass In The Peloncillo Mountains — Image by kenne

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

— Susan Sontag

 

Audrey   2 comments

Audrey (July 2019) — Image by kenne

“Do stuff.
Be clenched, curious.

Not waiting for inspiration’s shove
or society’s kiss on your forehead.
Pay attention.
It’s all about paying attention.
Attention is vitality.
It connects you with others.
It makes you eager. stay eager.”

― Susan Sontag

 

Tucson Basin   Leave a comment

Tucson Basin — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Remembering is an ethical act, has ethical value in and of itself. Memory is,
achingly, the only relation we can have with the dead. So the belief that
remembering is an ethical act is deep in our natures as humans, who know
we are going to die, and who mourn those who in the normal course of
things die before us—grandparents, parents, teachers, and older friends.”

— Susan Sontag

Geo-Wall — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

Geo-Wall (Sonoran Desert)– Photo-Artistry by kenne

Wildflowers take growth
In the least likely places
Life’s random nature.

— kenne 

 

Photographs Haunt Us   Leave a comment

La Paz, Bolivia (08/17/19) — Image by kenne

“Narratives can make us understand.
Photographs do something else: they haunt us.”

― Susan Sontag

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

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