May 3, Clocks for Seeing: A Quote from Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

“I love these mechanical sounds in almost voluptuous way, as if, in the Photograph, they were the very thing-and the only thing-to which my desire clings, their abrupt click breaking through the mortiferous layer of the Pose. For me, the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches-and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism the living sound of wood”.

-Roland Barthes

Camera Lucida

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