Thursday, 26 December 2013

Exhibit: a question of perspective

I'm just going outside . . . , thenewcornpoppy
Once upon a time, a long time ago, artists didn't use perspective.  In the beginning the most important thing or person in the picture was the biggest.  It made sense to order people and objects - as Wikipedia has it - hierarchically according to their spiritual or thematic importance, not their distance from the viewer.  We have got used to seeing pictures with the perspective right - but it doesn't have to be.  Perspective only works for that one person, for that one moment - and hey, all that is is a photograph.  So the picture above could show Captain Scott and  some of his team (Capt Oates on the left) at the South Pole.  But someone standing a  little further away, maybe at a slightly different angle, sees something different.  He can see Amundsen and his Norwegian party reached the Pole first.
. . . and I may be some time, thenewcornpoppy
When you are standing in front of a building, say a church, merrily painting it, so you can sell your pictures in the Arches by the Square Tower on a Sunday afternoon, it makes sense to follow the convention of perspective.  But. If you are trying to paint the Field of the Cloth of Gold you really don't want to be standing in one place.  You really don't want just one perspective.  It is bigger than that.  There is more going on. It doesn't all happen at once. You would need to be omnipresent to see everything.  And you're not.  But the artist can be.  The artist can choose to order not only people and objects but also the timeline of events.  Omni-chuffing-potent.
fishing boats 7, thenewcornpoppy
There are no facts, only interpretations
fishing boats 11, thenewcornpoppy
Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and -- if at all possible -- speak a few sensible words.
two brothers, thenewcornpoppy
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?
Shallid, the twinkling of an eye, thenewcornpoppy
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
George Eliot
 mydarlingclementine, thenewcornpoppy
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
 John Lubbock
Hull 0, Liverpool 3, thenewcornpoppy
Point of no return 
fishing boats 05, thenewcornpoppy
Line of fire
fishing boats 8, thenewcornpoppy
You gotta have faith
fishing boats 3, thenewcornpoppy
First time

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