- ABOUT A PLACE
My images are about 'Place'. Its what I try to photograph. I'm fascinated by the feelings that are generated by the physical or emotional attachment that we have to specific places. What is it about these places that impact so greatly upon us? Below is a collection of descriptions of place, by a variety of authors.
A parcel from Amazon... I love receiving parcels!
In it a book first printed in 1977 and now in its 6th printing! "Space and Place" by Yi-Fu Tuan, a now retired professor of Geography.
* "Open space has no trodden paths and signposts. It has no fixed pattern of established human meaning; it is like a blank sheet on which meaning may be imposed. Enclosed and humanised space is place. A healthy being welcomes constraint and freedom, the boundedness of place and the exposure of space."
Thank you to Wayne Reid in Australia for sending this quote by Lawrence Durrell.
* "We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behaviour, and even thought, in the measure to which we are responsive to it."
These first descriptions come from a book that I have just finished called 'Landscapes with Figures, the nonfiction of place' edited by Robert Root.
* " Place is connectivity. Everything that has occurred in a place - from the slip-page of it's tectonic underworld, to the human and animal blood spilled on it's ground, to the germination and degradation of plants, to the tunneling and cone building and fungus farming of ants, to the cafe lingering and banquet feasting and hunger on the streets - gives place it's soul."
Alison Hawthorne Deming, Where Time and Place are Lost.
In the same commentary...
* "Aristotle says that to be in a place is like being in a vessel. To be in a place is to be held, contained, surrounded, by a defining presence. Everything that is, is in a place. Everything that happens, takes place."