Thursday, June 13, 2013

On photographic intent and the [cosmic] whim of the peripheral

"Curiosity is an oddly ambivalent word that historically has pointed almost as frequently to a condition of ruinous distraction as to a state of intense and productive concentration or to an urge to discover."


"...the best way to catch sight of a heavenly body is to catch it off guard by looking a little to the side-it is possible to make even Venus herself vanish from the firmament by a scrutiny too sustained, too concentrated, or too direct.
An excess of application, in other words, may result paradoxically in a failure of attention, and cure is an oblique curiosity, a faith in peripheral vision."

-Brian Dillon
Attention! Photography and Sidelong Discovery