"The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe. -- When in love, the sight of beloved has a completeness which no words and no embrace can match: a completeness which only the act of making love can temporarily accommodate.

Yet this seeing which comes before words, and can never be quite covered by them, is not a question of mechanically reacting to stimuli. (It can only be thought of in this way if one isolates the small part of the process which concerns the eye's retina.) We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice. As a result of this act, what we see is brought within our reach - though not necessarily within arm's reach. To touch something is to situate oneself in relation to it. -- We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are."

-"Ways of Seeing" by John Berger

 

I would like to slow down time so I could thoroughly observe every tiny detail of life that happens around me. There is a performance where ever we choose to set our focus, but it happens too fast for our eye to see it for what it really is; the moment when weight shifts from one foot to the other in normal pace walking, how the facial muscles create a smile on ones face, when turning on the tap, how the first drop of water meets the surface of the sink, how hand reaches for a glass and lifts it, sneezing, a tear forming in the corner of an eye, waving hand for a hello or a goodbye .. (list is endless.)

Everything would become so meaningful, life would be one slow evolving suspended dance.   

 

“The eyes play a crucial role in the way in which you interact with the world: they visually digest and encapsulate all that happens in the universe. In some respects, they are a universe unto themselves; a universe in which one can become completely absorbed.”

-“Kazuo Ohno’s World From Without Within” by Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno

 

Eija's Recommendation:

James Nares’ Video, Street
at Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 5th to May 27th, 2013

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