Reading #8

Words of Light


Etymological: Relating to the origin and historical development of words and their meanings.

Phosphorescence: Light emitted by a substance without combustion or perceptible heat.

Articulation: The formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech

  • The past is only a reflection of a small illusion of history, why do we still condition ourselves to believe in the past through visual images either paintings, prints or photos?
  • “a photograph acquires some of the dignity that it lacks when it ceases to be a reproduction of reality and shows us things that no longer exist”
  • photographs see and remember only when seeing and remembering are, strictly speaking, no longer possible
  • Perception is a matter of light and representation

Photograph and Liquid Intelligence


Emblematic: serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept

Infinitesimal: things so small that there is no way to measure them

Archaism: something that is old fashioned, eg words, or style of speech

  • The archaism of water, of liquid chemicals, connects photography to the past, to time, in an important way.
  • The echoes of water in photography evokes its prehistory
  • In photography, the liquids study us, even from a great distance.