In The Garden – Olive II

In The Garden – Olive II

Olive II. Paros, Greece. 2010.

Olive II. Paros, Greece. 2010.
Scan from 8×10 negative.

I am playing catch-up with Mike Chisholm’s wonderful blog and work. Having just read his playful, but I think earnest, suggestion for a different kind of PhD based on the following Ruskin quote, I’m tempted to design a photo course around poetry, prophecy and religion (although could  the last topic be supplanted with ‘reciprocity’? <chuckle>):

[ the following from blog Idiotic Hat : All in One ]

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way.  Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see.  To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion — all in one.

John Ruskin, Modern Painters (1856)

Well, maybe.  I like the sound of that, though I expect David Beckham has something similar to say about kicking a football.  It sort of makes a camera sound like a short-cut to enlightenment — nothing “sees” more clearly than a camera — but recording and seeing are not the same thing.  And cameras (if they have souls, which I’m pretty sure they do) have camera souls, not human ones.

There is an interdisciplinary degree known as “PPE” (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) which is offered at Oxford and some other universities.  What a shame you can’t also study PPR, i.e. Ruskin’s “all in one”, Poetry, Prophecy and Religion.  Now that would be worth three years of anybody’s time.

One response to “In The Garden – Olive II”

  1. Thanks for the generous mention! I’m surprised, pleased, and flattered. It’s always a shock when, after months and years of pushing, the world finally pushes back.

    I’ve taken an interest in your work since seeing “Lessons for a Shaman: On Barrenness” in the “Through the Looking Glass Collection” catalogue. It seems to me that British photography had reached major peak with that wonderful, definitive exhibition. Which is not to say it’s all been downhill since…