26.2.07

make visible...

“Make visible what, without you, might never have been seen.”

               Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer
               (Trans. Jonathan Griffin, 1986)

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No one sees as I see. I define the world I walk in and on.

Of course, one should replace I with you. But that’s not enough – Replace the word see with hear, with feel, with touch, with speak...

And don’t stop there. World could be chair, field, stairway…

Exchange walk with cook, and a room becomes your grandmother…

4 comments:

Dennis said...

Indeed Sam. That’s a great observation. I’ve always said that perception defines reality – and getting others to see it is the difficult part. Sharing someone else’s reality, especially through film is always a treat.

megalopoet said...

interesting always to think of the poet as observer/reactor/instigator/translator. pleasure to read these musings, these finessed visualizations.
~nicole~

Poet with a Day Job said...

Sam, this is so quiet, I realy like it. Sometimes I forget my peace, with all the coffee and multitasking and multiple tabs open in my damn browser. But yesterday, while driving home and feeling so sickened by work I mightthrow up, my eyes looked upward to the bit of blue thrashing through the dark gray rain clouds, and I felt lifted, as if they were connected to my heart by a string. Seeing (in whatever sense you see) is power.

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks Dennis. I agree with you about film.

And Nicole I appreciate the observation. I like your progression to translation. Interesting.

Melissa, quiet is a great word for this. Thanks for your read.