Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only,
we see that world multiply itself
and we have at our disposal
as many worlds as there are original artists,
worlds more different one from the other
than those which revolve in infinite space…
– Marcel Proust, from Le Temps Retrouve
Near-poetry. (Probably even nearer in French but not my French.)
Alternatingly meta-profound with a deity’s scope (as here), and shockingly human-scale. If you can think it, or would like someone else to think it on your behalf, Proust is your man.
In this quote Proust pretty much explained art as I understand it.
And since I think of photography as an art particularly well-suited – when practiced well – to really show our familiar world through another’s gaze, some of my favorites below…
(Disclaimer: my computer crashed pre-post so have put this together using iPad and IPhone. Yes there’s a WordPress app but it’s new to me so please excuse oddities and oversights. )
Rolfe Horn, Wedded Rocks, Study 1, Ise bay, Japan 2001
Salgado, Korem Ethiopia
Marc Riboud, Capital of Heaven
Alec Soth, Brittany