Saturday, November 23, 2013

Breakfast at Greenfield

Late morning Saturday  we went to the Golf course Cafe called Greenfield. As in the past the conversation turned into photography.
G: So what was so interesting in your recent phone conversation with your friend?
YHC (your humble correspondent): We were talking about important issues regarding photographic meanings and our stances towards it.

G: Explain please.
YHC: At the outset it has to deal with seeing, with focused seeing.  Take for example the scene that is just facing us at this moment.  First I just look at it without moving my gaze, in the same manner of photographing it ( as I just did, see above).  Then comes observation into play. In observation I notice the weirdness of the green lamp post, the faded lawn, the tilled faded brown field and the wild green Eucalyptuses in the background.  Then I go further and insights comprehension and awareness develop.  Obviously there is something disturbing here. The meeting between nature and culture. What do the Eucalyptuses mean? they are wild and supposingly nature but we know that they are not indigenous as they were brought here from Australia and were planted by men.  So when I observe such a scene the question always raises as how does this relate to me, to my being in the world.  And as this scene represents something unresolved it relates to what I call Unknowing.
G: OK can we eat now the eggs are getting cold.
YHC: Indeed.
Later we were working on this portrait in Photoshop
YHC: I will ask you the same annoying question that I ask my students: What is interesting in this photograph?
G: I think the dropping lines of the tree and the eye represent sadness.
YHC: could be - a nice metaphor but what else?
G: I can not tell just right now.
YHC: Try relationship
G: Between what?
YHC: The spatial relationship in this photograph eludes to the enclosed inner space of the subject ( i.e. You) and the more open space of the background. It asks the question of what is the significance of this interaction.
G: And also what you have told me in the past that it could be a metaphor for memory, the closer it is to us it is clearer and further with time  it fades away.
YHC: Impressive insight. Did I really tell you this?

Earlier when we were just sitting at the cafe and G. asked the waitress if it was possible to move the armchairs so they would face the scenery, the waitress  said out of the blues to G: " I must make an observation here, you are much more mature than your age indicates". Obviously.