Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Many Indecisive Moments

"Mr Wall is happiest discussing the formal aspects of his work—its composition, scale, light, colour and grain. Although subject matter is paramount to the experience of realist art forms, Mr Wall claims that, for him, it is 'just the door that opens the way to the picture.' He identifies Paul Cezanne as a good role model because he 'detached himself from his subjects and just painted without getting ethically, morally, personally or politically involved.'"

There's a distinction between subject matter aesthetically validating a picture, and entering it on the level of form.  I could never imagine photographing something that I didn't have imaginative sympathy for: rocks, trees, clouds, street debris, etc.  The whole phenomenological world.

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