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Just think about it! (24)

I enjoy creating and posting abstract images and often feel that it would be appropriate to attach the following extract from Kandinsky:

‘The spectator is too ready to look for a meaning in a picture—i.e., some outward connection between its various parts. Our materialistic age has produced a type of spectator or “connoisseur,” who is not content to put himself opposite a picture and let it say its own message. Instead of allowing the inner value of the picture to work, he worries himself in looking for “closeness to nature,” or “temperament,” or “handling,” or “tonality,” or “perspective,” or what not. His eye does not probe the outer expression to arrive at the inner meaning. In a conversation with an interesting person, we endeavour to get at his fundamental ideas and feelings. We do not bother about the words he uses, nor the spelling of those words, nor the breath necessary for speaking them, nor the movements of his tongue and lips, nor the psychological working on our brain, nor the physical sound in our ear, nor the physiological effect on our nerves. We realize that these things, though interesting and important, are not the main things of the moment, but that the meaning and idea is what concerns us. We should have the same feeling when confronted with a work of art. When this becomes general the artist will be able to dispense with natural form and colour and speak in purely artistic language.’                                                                                                                                                                                    (Kandinsky  Concerning the Spiritual in Art)

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Just think about it! (23)

‘How you view Nature depends on how you see yourself fitting into it.’

Kurt Jackson

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Just think about it! (22)

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’

Henry David Thoreau

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Just think about it! (21)

‘It is Duchamp who is to blame for the whole “is it art?” debate.  As far as he was concerned the role in society of an artist was akin to that of a philosopher; it didn’t even matter if he or she could paint or draw.  An artist’s job was not to give aesthetic pleasure  –  designers could do that; it was to step back from the world and attempt to make sense or comment on it through the presentation of ideas that had no functional purpose other than themselves.’                           Will Gompertz

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Just think about it! (20)

‘Rarely do we spend enough time with an image to ‘mine’ all of its visual, emotional and spiritual potential.  Rarely are we aware of its impact on the emotional as well as the intellectual level.  Too often our tendencies to judge and evaluate get in the way of appreciating what we see.’        Howard Zehr

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Just think about it! (19)

‘Photography is not what’s important.  It’s seeing.  The camera, film, even pictures, are not important.’

‘The world is so full of beauty and meaning that there is enough of it for everybody to explore, to relish and to transform, each in his own way.’

Both quotations are from Algimantas Kezys

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Just think about it! (18)

‘Seeing is a creative process’.

‘Meaningful art  –  in any medium  –  is mind changing, challenging the prejudices of conventional thought.  In this role, art lives between the known and the unknown, communicating what it discovers in this ambiguous territory.’

Both quotations are from Duane Preble in his foreword to The Tao of Photography.

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