Friday, July 13, 2007

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I just picked up the book "Diary" by Chuck Palahniuk at Strand the other day and have been really involved with it. In this one particular chapter one character is explaining hand writing analysis and it's relationship to method acting to another character, stating that "everybody was trying to link the physical and the emotional, the body and mind, the world and the imagination, this world and the next."

It seems on topic with the recent conversation on Shane Lavalette's blog pertaining to the ideas of staged images vs the real.

"If emotion can create a physical action, then duplicating the physical action can re-create the emotion."

Sometimes it seems we know how best to react to reality when given time to absorb it. The mind turns it over and over and then either sets it aside or figures a way of coping. This doesn't apply to every staged photograph ever made but perhaps to quite a few of them. By duplicating an action that occurs in reality one can re-create and perhaps re-live a certain level of emotion.

That said I sometimes feel more emotionally connected to a staged image than to an image shot at the moment of an event. It's not too surprising though. Most staged photographs have a strong cinematic quality to them and most humans react strongly when watching films about other people's lives even when we know it to not be reality. Movies based off of reality perhaps resonate even deeper, and still those are all recreations of the real.

I'm staying on the surface of things here. What it boils down to for me is whether an image grabs me or not. If it is staged or not... whether I found out later that it was staged when it was originally thought to be reality..... whatever the case I am moved by what moves me.

Silvio Wolf taught a 7 week seminar while in New York and discussed all of these ideas to such great length. Though such ideas can strain one's mind it does become endlessly fascinating to reconsider all that we know to be real vs all that we know to be made up.

PS- I'm surely not going as deep as others on the topic. Check
Conscientious or Shane Lavalette's blog to dig in deeper..

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