London, Or, The End

Well, here we are. The end of the line; the last days of our 2018 European trip. And really, after 18 months of preparation resulting in just shy of 1000 pics, I am (at least a little) ready for a change of scene. I could tell you more about our visit to London, but I don't actually have more to say about it than I stated in my last post, when describing our arrival. Besides, after all this time, I prefer to leave the series with a quote about the aesthetics of photography (a subject which I often think about while I work), which I have swiped from James Bridle's New Dark Age:

"The doctoring of photographs is an activity as old as the medium itself, but in this case the operation was being performed automatically and invisibly on the artefacts of personal memory. And yet, perhaps there is something to learn from this too: the delayed revelation that images are always false, from artificial snapshots of moments that have never existed as singularities, forced from the multidimensional flow of time itself. Unreliable documents; composites of camera and attention. They are artifacts not of the world and of experience, but of the recording process – which, as a false mechanism, can never approach reality itself. It is only when these processes of capture and storage are reified in technology that we are able to perceive their falsity, their alienation from reality."

I don't think I could have ever said it better myself.

oroboros on 1/3/2021 2:17:02 AM