Tuesday, January 11, 2011

David Hockney on Pearblossom Highway, 11-18th April 1986 (Second Version)

"Pearblossom Highway shows a crossroads in a very wide open space, which you only get a sense of in the western United States.  Obviously a large, wide open space is more difficult to photograph, and get a feeling of, than a small space.  Slowly I realized what I was doing.  Although the picture first seems to have ordinary perspective (in the sense that the space the picture describes seems totally believable), it becomes a little strange only when you start thinking about it and really looking at the image.  Here is a picture of a wide open space that you can really experience, but at the same time you also feel close to everything, don't you?  Close to the signs, close to the road, close to the shrubbery, close to everything -- you can see the textures of things.  You actually move to look at things.  So the picture is dealing with memory in a different way from the previous pictures."

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