“Documentary vision is kind of like the “camera eye” photographers develop when, after taking many photos, they begin to see the world as always a potential photo even when not holding the camera at all. The habit of the photographer involuntarily framing and composing the world has become a metaphor for those trained to document using social media. The explosion of ubiquitous self-documentation possibilities, and the audience for our documents that social media promises, has positioned us to live life in the present with the constant awareness of how it will be perceived as having already happened. We come to see what we do as always a potential document, imploding the present with the past, and ultimately making us nostalgic for the here and now.”—Absolutely fascinating look at the rise of the faux-vintage photograph and the accompanying learned behaviors that are here to stay.
“To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that’s political, in its most profound way.”—June Jordan (she is a passionate voice of a generation battling the constructions of race, gender, sexuality, politics, war, violence, and human rights). (via meanderingwind)
“If the people themselves, having been borne aloft by the escalators, were still, even in their diminished mobility, recognizable as shoppers, then, by the time they got the roof, they had reached such a degree of passivity that utterly equated them to merchandise. And even though they pay, still it seems as though they were paid for.”—Joseph Roth, What I saw, p.122 (via belacqui)