Thinking about thinking spots
On The F Blog I created some "mini projects" or "subjects" with the intention to start a dialogue with the readers and let them make interpretations of the proposed subjects. One of these subjects was actually created by Rhonda Prince - thinking spots. She is very good at spotting thinking spots.
So why do we need them? Winnie the Pooh says: “People who don't think probably don't have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake.” Well, grey fluff...hmm. Rhonda explains:"Sometimes the frantic pace of our lives prevent us from spending time with ourselves. We all need that time of silent contemplation that the world steals from us as we rush from pillar to post trying to survive."
I agree, and allow me to add: Photography is about instinct, intuition and feelings. But you can´t leave the brain out. It is good to think. Just think about why humans need images. Can we do without images? Probably not.
A concentration of rock carvings in the Coa valley, Portugal (the oldest dated 25 000 BC) is according to the Unesco "the most outstanding example of early human artistic activity in this form anywhere in the world." The carvings were found in open air, not in caves - indicating one of the first exhibitions of images. Fascinating...
This should proved that images are essential to human beings. But why? Well, I will get back to that. But first I have to find a thinking spot.
On 591 the dialogue with you dear reader is essential - I want you to react, to send pictures and texts about photography - our common passion. Why not send me some thinking spots? This section of 591 is introduced to us by Rhonda Prince.
Lives: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Latest exhibition: Snap to Grid Un-Juried Show, Los Angeles
Coming, planned exhibition: none planned
Inspiration (photographers): Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Elliot Erwitt, Robert Frank, Robert Adams, William Eggleston…to name a few.
Inspiration (other): The music/poetry of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen inspires me as well.
Film, digital or both: primarily film...I've used a digital camera in a pinch but it doesn't feel right.
Quote: “The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.” -Diane Arbus
A favourite photograph: USA, New York City, 1946, Elliott Erwitt
See Thinking spots by Rhonda Prince