Modern Romanticism

The aspect of romance, divided between the heartening and the thoughtful.

Words of Wisdom – “The Perception of Perfection through the Lens” – Philosophy on Art – 10/8/2019

October 8, 2019

“Our obsession with the ‘individual perception’ has stemmed from only one source: the invention of the camera. We can only say ‘lens’ because of the literal lens the camera has, though our own eyes, having been in existence since sight was first around, since light was first around, since before the camera flash was first around, also have a lens. Our eyes are glassy, appear as lakes, or as a reflection of something captured in a mirror, or in the water to that lake. When we view a reflection, we require light to see it. Alike to that flash, our eyes need the light. Our eyes show tears, further marking its semblance of that lake, or even that mirror. In a camera, there is ‘captured perfection’. In a painting, there is ‘captured imperfection’. Movement is more-so expressed in the painting, over the photograph, because the sitter for the artist had to have been moving, for the painter to make corrections. And so, within our ‘obsession with the individual perception’, here our eyes become betrayed by that ‘captured perfection’, causing imminent and rampant confusion to plague us. That is because to ‘see perfection’ is as unbelievable as that disbelief is instinctual. It is an instant response as a reaction to one photograph, as well captured, in an instant.”


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