Looking at Mars


Looking at Mars, Sewanee. March, 2014.
(‘This is Mars’, Photographs by NASA/MRO
Edited and designed by Xavier Barral With texts by Alfred S. McEwen, Francis Rocard, and Nicolas Mangold
See more at the Aperture web site)

There are two ways of considering photographs:

– as relationships (things, people, forms, shapes, tones)
– as actualities (events, renderings, evidence)

Time matters in both aspects, as does
the moment, as does
truth and veracity, as does
story and narrative, as does
expectation and imagination.

No photograph and
no person looking at a photograph is
free of this.

Take a look at what I think is one of the most remarkable collections of photographs ever published, This is Mars, and you’ll see what I mean.