Thursday, November 25, 2010

Duane Michals, on what we feel

"The best part of us is not what we see, it's what we feel. We are what we feel. We are not what we look at. We're not our eyeballs, we're our mind. People believe their eyeballs and they're totally wrong. That's why I consider most photographs extremely boring, just like Muzak, inoffensive, charming, another waterfall, another sunset. This time, colors have been added to protect the innocent. It's just boring. But that whole arena of one's experience, grief, loneliness, how do you photograph lust? I mean, how do you deal with these things? This is what you are, not what you see. It's all sitting up here. I could do all my work sitting in my room. I don't have to go anywhere". Duane Michals

The photographs: Chance Meeting (1970) and self portraits of unknown date

1 comment:

Mike C said...

Wonderful, made me pull out my copy of Real Dreams from the 1970's. It was a nice refresher. Interesting storytelling in serial photographs.