sábado, septiembre 23, 2006

Otras de Ikko Narahara

What you see when you look in a camera viewfinder is only - with the exception of circular fisheye lenses - the sharp, square area that has been cut out from the center of the round image circle projected by the camera lens. Likewise, the total image we see with our eyes is also projected as a circle. The center is sharply in focus, while the more indistinct periphery of our vision, it is said, has the job of perceiving visual space and motion within it. When one pushes the shutter of a camera, it seems likely to me that one also uses one's own body to reconstitute the latent peripheral perception surrounding the limited area in the viewfinder. This is what photographers refer to as "mood" or "spatial sense." Thus, while the camera viewfinder accelerates our ability to look in a focused way, we also tend to lose the pleasure of simply looking at the world in a relaxed way.

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