"I realized that I needn’t be sad that I didn’t have that barn and I didn’t have the house that I grew up in, because I could live with this photograph instead. That was a profound moment, realizing that you could free yourself from a sense of loss, because you can find an essence in a photograph that allows you to possess what you love again in a new form."
- Michelle Dunn Marsh, executive director of PCNW in Seattle.
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
Workin on a majorrrrrr website facelift + revamp. Long overdue. Stay tuned!
En la Plaza Dorrego on Flickr.
Sweet Sophia on Flickr.