Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Camera Has its Reason that Reason Will Not See



Adapting Blaise Pascal just a smidgen ("the heart has its reason, that Reason will not know"), the title of today's entry reminds us on one of the mantra's of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucination of the "Mexican" in America: not "a picture is worth a thousand words," but its complement: "like a thousand words they lie, lie, lie." Boingboing.net is on to this today with their posting and link.



Author and Friend, circa 1996
©1996 Guillermo Nericcio García

1 comment:

  1. “The heart has its reason, that Reason will not know…not "a picture is worth a thousand words," but its complement: "like a thousand words they lie, lie, lie."

    This is in fact true because pictures do lie. When looking at photos you only see the people smiling and happy but they are hiding inside how they really feel. Pictures are fake; they hide the truth of reality and emotion. The people in the photograph could be pretending to be happy, giving off a fake smile…“The heart has its reason, that reason will not know.” Photographs are similar; “the camera has its reason, that reason will not see.” A camera just takes the picture, a person takes the picture, however, we see it as just a picture, nothing more. Also, we don’t get the chance to experience the fear, laughter, grief, or any emotion that is expressed in the photo. We see photos of people being killed, children dying of hunger, however people who have everything will never be able to understand what it really feels like to have nothing; they will only be able to experience it through a photograph.


    ~Kristine Romero
    Eng. 493

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