André Kertész, On Reading
World was in the face of the beloved—,
but suddenly it poured out and was gone:
world is outside, world can not be grasped.
Why didn’t I, from the full, beloved face
as I raised it to my lips, why didn’t I drink
world, so near that I couldn’t almost taste it?
Ah, I drank. Insatiably I drank.
But I was filled up also, with too much
world, and, drinking, I myself ran over.
Excerpt from Ocean I-VI by Andreas Gursky.
It would be misleading to say that Gursky photographed these pictures. Each image was lifted from satellite imaging devices and then edited in post-production by Gursky. Gursky, using information about the depth of the ocean and weather patterns, manipulated the photo’s color to artificially create and ‘accurate’ depiction of the coastal regions.
Post-Proust is back with a vengeance. The latest assignment: examining the relationship between text and the photographic image. Let’s get to it.
“This is a work of nonfiction…Events are sometimes presented out of sequence but timelines are not intentionally altered. Many names and details have been changed to protect identities. Much is based on my own memories and is faithful to my recollections, but only a fool mistakes memory for fact.”