Seeing Photography

                                                                                      Daniel Boudinet. Polaroid, 1979

As seen on the inside cover of Roland Barthes’ ‘Camera Lucida’.

This photograph was the first photograph, I photographed. It was as if seeing photography. Through reading the book, I read and here photographed photography.  To see  photography is to open an extraordinary  vista.

‘Strangely, the only thing that I tolerate, that I like, that is familiar to me, when I am photographed, is the sound of the camera. For me, the Photographer’s organ is not his eye (which terrifies me) but his finger: what is linked to the trigger of the lens, to the metallic shifting of the plates (when the camera still has such things). I love these mechanical sounds in an almost voluptuous way, as if, in the Photograph, they were the very thing–and the only thing–to which my desire clings, their abrupt click breaking through the mortiferous layer of the Pose. For me the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches–and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism the living sound of the wood.’

 

 

 

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