May 18, Me and Roland Barthes on Photography

Often I feel as if I don’t really exist. I think that sometimes, photography is a way for me to prove that I do exist. Or maybe not even that I exist, but rather that my particular view point at this particular juncture in time existed. So when I read the Barthes quote below, it made me cry a little, of course these days, everything makes me cry a little, or sometimes a lot. Maybe in these brutal and murderous times we’re all crying a little?

“The Photograph does not call up the past (nothing Proustian in a photograph). The effect it produces on me is not to restore that which has been abolished (by time, by distance) but to attest that what I see existed ”

-Roland Barthes Camera Lucida

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