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A little less than a happy high
Redundancy (v.1)
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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 15th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I really love "III - Survival"! I think one of the things that makes your photos so good is the way that you title them. As I've said before, I wind up looking at the photo to see where your title came from, and it causes me to look more closely and really think about each one. It's brilliant, truly. I also really like "IV - Obsolescence." The title is a perfect juxtaposition against the faded "Progress." Really, really well done :-)
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if I don't force a particular way of seeing the image upon the viewer...

Thanks, though. ^_^
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 15th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having spent part of the weekend wandering through the Art Institute of Chicago, and being as verbal-dominant as I am, I think that titles can be a vital part of a work of art. Think of the work of Picasso: without his titles, it would often be quite difficult to see what he wanted his viewers to see and/or what he saw when he made his pieces. There's nothing wrong with encouraging your audience to see what you see, (I think it's the artist's prerogative to do so) and, as I've said, I really enjoy that aspect of your work.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tend to think in metaphor, and while many ideas form as visual images, words assist in giving them place within the greater whole. It's about balance, I guess.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 15th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I posted my last comment too soon... There's more to say...

See, I am not a very visual person. I have never been good at drawing or painting. I live in a world of words and performance. Without titles to spur my thoughts, I often have a lot of trouble figuring out what to focus on in visual media. I commented in laughing_woman's LJ yesterday because her icon photo has been driving me nuts because I couldn't figure out if it was an eye or a chin. I needed more info. Your titles help me to focus, to really see what you see, and I am grateful for being given that doorway to walk through.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 15th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
why_style From: why_style Date: July 15th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
interesting. i've been thinking about similar things lately. (see this semi-related post from last friday) i always thought of myself as a word thinker because i enjoy reading philosophy and english lit and am quite verbose, but now i'm wondering if i'm more of a visual person. perhaps i talk/type so much because it's hard for me to translate the concepts in my mind into words. maybe i enjoy reading not becasue i love words, but because i love the effect they have on my mind, the pictures they create. anyway, i've always found interesting the nexus between word and image. some folks hate being led to a certain conclusion by the artist's title or explanation, others find it absolutely necessary. there are some artists who choose to leave their works untitled, not because they can't think of a title (though it wouldn't surprise me to learn that this is sometimes the case), but because they don't want to interfere with the viewer's perceptions. it's a debate that's been going on in the art world for quite some time now. i like the way komos has used titles to set up certain connections between these images- i'm not sure i would have ever found them myself. then again, i'll never know because i never had the chance- perhaps the "game" of figuring out the connection could have been incorporated as part of the experience (the just place them next to one another without titles school of thought). who's to say really? it's a tough call, and i'm sure there's no right answer. this is all really just to say that your response intrigues me. there goes my glibness again.
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