Monday, July 25, 2011

Photo: Frozen in Motion

What the camera's eye sees is not always what the Mark I eyeball sees. The brain filters, recombines, interprets information to forge a consistent and understandable view of the world; the camera just captures what's there with the sort of instant look that the brain just looks past. Case in point: the traffic on, I believe, West Pender Street at Burrard in Vancouver, back at some point during the Winter That Never Ended. The man crossing the street is unidentifiable, a blur of motion - except for his right leg, caught in mid-stride. It's that sort of active stillness the brain can't work fast enough to recognize.

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