Saturday, December 28, 2002

Questions

Just how do you make the perfect margarita? I keep thinking I got it down and, then, BAM, along comes another twist. Was there really only ONE man from Nantucket? I suspect there were more but just one made if off the island and got himself into a lot of jokes. How can I be so sleepy and yet be a chronic insomniac? I suppose it has something to do with the caffeine-induced buzz I'm feeling right about now. Why does blogger work most of the time and then suddenly stop? What makes it come back? What exactly is the opposite of sight?

I heard earlier this week that Herb Ritts, the famous photog. died in the hospital. I'm going to miss his work. He became his own celebrity. I didn't think you could do that but, I guess he found a way. What's interesting to me is not so much that he was a celebrity himself but more the fact that he was remembered as a "celebrity photographer" and not so much for his work. He was a celebrity photographer who knew a lot about shadows and light, I suppose. One of my favorite books, On Photography, talks about this.

"It would not be wrong to speak of people having a compulsion to photograph: to turn experience itself into a way of seeing. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it, and participating in a public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it in photographed form...[Mallarme] said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph."

I find it fascinating that Herb Ritts actually photographed celebrities so much he became one himself. It's like an appetite so large it consumes the hunger as well as the food. If it's true that everything exists to end in a photograph then I suppose Herb Ritts ended up a celebrity by means of celebrity. I guess, according to my premise about the opposite of sight, that makes him completely anonymous. A non-celebrity if you will. A man able to hide in plain sight, in between the shadows and light. More power to him.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in "Carol's Little World" signing off.



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