Thursday, August 31, 2006

Don't just use your illusion, live it.

We all have our own different perceptions of reality. Some see it positively and some see it negatively. We go through life perceiving our surroundings through a lens that is distorted by our minds that changes how we've all come to view the world. The events that unfold before us all mean something, but it’s how we see these events that create our interpretation of reality. Everything is real but it's our imaginations and perception that causes us to see what we want to and forget what we don't want to remember. In my life I've come to realize that because of our perceptions of what we choose to see, determines our interactions with people and how we view ourselves. We can either see life as it is or we can deny reality and live in our own world that we have constructed for ourselves.

The camera is a completely objective apparatus. It is unforgiving and loving at the same time. It shows us everything from the big picture, the small mundane details, and the precise moments in time that make us who we are. It shows us reality unfettered. There is no interference of outside influences that obscure the truth. It is a way to capture the beauty and the grotesque in life and share it with the world. The camera is alive. It is the eternal unblinking third eye.

Everything is dependent upon interpretation. When I was young I read a quote that resonated with me and will stick with me until the day I die. It is from Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde. "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." I love this quote. It is a straight forward quote about trying to be positive, but to me it says to much more. No matter what social strata one belongs or where you are in life, you are still in the gutter. What really matters is if you are struggling for more. A person must strive to be better, get further and obtain the next highest level; your goals and dreams.

Within the realm of reality and our interpretations of it, there are many beautiful and horrible things. These are the aesthetics of life. There is truth in everything and we need to see it all. We might see things that bring us down but we still need to be reaching up. In this video blog I plan to show reality and how we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.


Blogger zach kmiec said...

Cool statement of intent, Andrew. I like the idea of the camera as the "unfettered third eye," and its ability to reveal to us things we've stopped seeing. Nevertheless, I think this idealistic neutrality of the lens is only completely true if we hold the camera out and shoot blindly--and even then, there's a good chance that we'll interpret the images as we do reality, still in our own warped understanding. Even so, the lens has revelatory powers, perhaps the greatest of which are those that help us step inside a different person's reality filter.

Posting theory like this feels a little awkward, but goddammit we're in college.

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