Sunday, April 29, 2007

Reading Myself

"A photograph is not created by a photographer. What he does is just to open a little window and capture it. The world writes itself on his film. And the act of the photographer is closer to reading than it is to writing. He is the reader of the world." -Ferdinando Scianna, from Slate.

I was trying to capture the look of a couple of outfits today. I tried on the dress I'm intending to wear and I got both jackets together so I could take pictures of them each open and closed. Why just use a mirror when you can make it complicated, right?

Well, these pictures look as confused as I felt. I misplaced the focus and they definitely won't work for what I wanted. I was trying to read the world in the sense that Scianna described, but I failed. I had a good problem - choose between two lovely jackets to make a nice outfit. I also had a good weekend, enjoying dinner out with Gerkin and Hubster at Les Halles. Friday night, Hubster and I, too enjoyed a great evening with just the two of us and our unnaturally hyper cats. I did have a few darker moments, though. It seems as though I can feel a little too tied to practical matters of late - I'm bothered by how often I avoid deeper moments with K or just alone with myself. I'm stressing out, and I want to slow down but seem unable to focus on anything but the next task.

In some ways, these pictures capture that. I'm out of focus and the project I'm actually trying to do (decide which jacket to keep) is hopeless because the focal point of my camera is a foot in front me. My photographic ineptitude making my point for me. If only all these were solved so easily.


Marmi said...

Pick the pink one. I like the cut and the fit according to the pics.

Em said...

The pink one is pretty and fun. But then again... you can't go wrong with black.!

Mair said...

i like the pink one.

Erin said...

I'm partial to the black. But either way, the dress is darn cute!
And I looooovveee your blog! When I grow up, I'd like to be that witty :) I was about to start a blog, and thought I had a brilliant title for it, but discovered it's been taken by someone who barely uses it. I'm crushed, and waiting for divine inspiration to strike again. Hope you recover from your bout of out-of-focusness :)

much <3, the nearly sis-in-law