Archive for the ‘Susan Sontag’ Tag

In Flight   4 comments

Painted Lady-3185 blog

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.


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 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

Tear Drops Keep Falling   2 comments

White Rose (1 of 1) blogTear Drops Keep Falling — Image by kenne

Tear Drops Keep Falling

After saying our farewells

Keeping it private.

— kenne

Turner’s Notes

“In a world ruled by photographic images, all borders (“framing”) seem arbitrary.
Anything can be separated, can be made discontinuous from anything else:
all that is necessary is to frame the subject differently.”

— Susan Sontag

Regarding the Pain of Others   1 comment

Seattle, Late 80's blogMother (Agnes), with sons Kenne and Tom (Bobby), and Tom’s daughters Lisa and Vanessa
— Late 80’s image in Seattle by Joy

Susan Sontag — Regarding the Pain of Others

Photography obsessed Sontag and became the subject for two of her best books. Her preoccupation with photography is the single clearest example of her shifting a previously disregarded mass medium into the realm of acceptable highbrow discussion. The photograph, in her view, had changed the mechanics of memory. Our minds, she argued, no longer stored narrative; they stockpiled images. “The problem,” she wrote in Regarding the Pain of Others, “is not that people remember through photographs, but that they remember only photographs.” And in a way, that sentence anticipated her obituaries, which dwelled at length on the many photographs of Sontag.

— from a profile on Susan Sontag, Susan Superstar in the New York Magazine

Capturing The Moment — Photo/Computer Painting   2 comments

Clouds (1 of 1)-5_edit art blogComputer Painting (October 19, 2014) by kenne


Clouds (1 of 1)-5_edit blogSunset Image (October 18, 2014) by kenne

Today everything exists to end in a photograph.

― Susan Sontag

Kate Captures The Moment   1 comment

Poudre River (1 of 1)-2 Kate Art blogKate Captures The Moment — Image by kenne

All photographs

are memento mori.

To take a photograph

is to participate

in another person’s (or thing’s)

mortality, vulnerability, mutability.

Precisely by slicing

out this moment and freezing it,

all photographs testify to

time’s relentless melt.

— Susan Sontag


Capturing The Moment — Peppers   Leave a comment

Peppers (1 of 1) blogPeppers — Image by kenne

All great art contains at its center contemplation, a dynamic contemplation.

— Susan Sontag


Gas Pumps — Will The Nozzle Reach?   Leave a comment

Gas Pumps — Will The Nozzle Reach? — Image by kenne

“The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.” — Susan Sontag

Would You Mind Taking Our Picture?   5 comments

We all know the story of the guy behind the camera — he/she is never in the picture. If you have visited this blog, you know that most of the last posts have included photos taken of our trip to the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, specifically to experience and photo The Wave. There are still some I will be sharing of our return hike to the trailhead. 

As we were hiking back from The Wave, there was a couple that were in The Wave while we were there, setting out to return about the same time as we. As we hiked together on the return hike, we were asked if we would like a group photo — so I abided by giving her my camera, with a few basic instructions, of course. With my camera in hand, this woman suddenly became Susan Sontag. All I can say is that I’m glad my camera is digital, not film. Here’s a short video of her photos.

— kenne



Images by kenne

The Brother of Distractions   Leave a comment

Winter Morning — by kenne

I didn’t get up this Christmas Eve morning thinking about Susan Sontag, that is, not until receiving an email from brother tom.

The book about Eugene Smith reminded me of Susan Sontag and her book: ON PHOTOGRAPHY. Robert Hughes did a splendid review of her book in 1977. You will enjoy how beautifully Hughes captures it. t.

Of course, he knew I would enjoy Hughes’ review of one of my favorite books! Even more so when the title of the review is “Books: A Tourist in Other People’s Reality,” a phase I have used for years to describe my existence. Here’s my reply to tom:


I love this book — it is one that grows with you.

“Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing — which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art,” wrote Sontag — sad but true. For me, it has always been a tool for expressing my vision of existence. The realism of a photograph is superficial since, in truth, it is inherently surreal. As Sontag points out, “Surrealism lies at the heart of the photographic enterprise.”

I don’t know if I should thank you for sending this or not. I already have so much I want to read — now I feel a need to go back and reread this great book on photography.


On Photography is a must-read for any photographer. Thank you, tom, for the distraction!

— kenne

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