Aporia - an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument, or theory. Rhetoric the expression of doubt. Origin mid 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek, from aporos 'impassable,' from a- 'without' + poros 'passage.'

Tilde - symbol used in mathematics to indicate similarity, and in logic to indicate negation.

Sidereal time - measured by the diurnal motion of stars

... these souvenirs function to generate narrative.
Susan Stewart, Separation and Restoration, p38, 41, Ruins ed. Brian Dillon

... our waking existence likewise is a land which, at certain hidden points, leads down into the underworld - a land full of inconspicuous places from which dreams arise.
The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin

Nothing is created and nothing is lost, everything is transformed

'Everything beckons us to perceive it, Murmurs at every turn, "Remember me".'

"Granted there is a wall, what's going on behind it?"
Jean Tardieu quoted in Species of Spaces, Perec, p39.

"A successful photo is only a preliminary step toward the intelligent use of photography... I cannot show [my work] in a single photo, nor in two or three; after all, they could as well be snapshots. Photography is like a mosaic that becomes synthesis only when it is presented en masse."
August Sander

Seeing is perhaps a form of dreaming.
Fernando Pessoa

Oh miracle of our empty hands.
Diary of a Country Priest

"Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolism The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know."
Ernest Hemingway

(Inner exile)

"I only wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car (a Hudson) on a clear day. I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary's laundry, and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on a fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It's a generous medium, photography."
Lee Friedlander

"Wisdom is sold in the desolate market"
William Blake as sung by Robin Williamson

Sigil - An inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power.

"It would be stupid of us to ruin our lives for an ideal"

Stolen moments

Evanescence - Passing out of sight, existence, memory.

Murmuration of starlings

Golaud and Melisande

"... cameras... were clocks for seeing."
Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes


An index of statues
suggested by Robert Stephenson on Euston plaza

"The imaginations of these doors"
somewhat paraphrasing), Brothers Quay.

Gabor Kerekes - Brick factory
Peter Korniss - At the dance hall, Romania
Kertesz - Polaroids
Brassai - Barge 1935
Kertesz - Chez Mondrian
Moholy-Nagy - Lucia among the trees of the masters' houses at Dessau 1925
Denes Romai - Dance, Salome
Images noted in Hungarian Photographers exhibition, Royal Academy 2011

Fourteen years:
P99, Walser
Borges, Tlön?

'Fourteen years'
Or was it really eleven? Perhaps ten. Or even five when all's said and done? Compact all those moments down into a compressed little ball, press them tight. Uneven and marked by the lines of your fingers, how many would be left then?

Luc Delahaye: "Reporters in the press see the Afghan landscape but they don't show it, they are not asked to. All my efforts have been to be as neutral as possible, and to take in as much as possible, and allow an image to return to the mystery of reality."

Idea: Views from remaining windows of supermarkets, etc

"Am I nothing but what I am?" she asked abruptly.
(Microscripts, The Marriage Proposal, Robert Walser

For a brief time, Atget's Paris seemed securely located in memory. No longer. We must forever recoordinate the past, if only to keep up with the present.
Stephen Longmire

Self portrait

"Every self-portrait that I know of is motivated by the desire of the artist to illuminate himself in some important way," Naef asserts. "Here we have anti-illumination."

Rhetoric, the expression of doubt.

'All that is lost'
Books, marks, bookmarks, slips of paper, handwriting, dog ears, broken spines, spines, Swedenborg books...

One image, just one. What can be done with it? Ask for one from each.

Diegesis is a style of representation in fiction and is the (fictional) world in which the situations and events narrated occur; and telling, recounting, as opposed to showing, enacting. In diegesis the narrator tells the story. The narrator presents to the audience or the implied readers the actions, and perhaps thoughts, of the characters. In contrast to mimesis.

Intimacy is knowledge and I dream of knowledge.

"Also, why are two nuns more interesting than two other passersby?" (p34)
Also all of p32...
"A man goes by carrying an architect's model (is it really an architect's model? It resembles my idea of an architect's model; I don't see how it could be anything else).
Georges Perec.

Idea: one photograph - somewhere very busy (Oxford Circus?), describe everything possible, font sized and justified to fit text into image (place before or over?). More photos - a simple one, a portrait. Inspired by Perec's An Attempt To Exhaust A Place In Paris.


Eye opening

"I'm sitting at the door, feasting my eyes and ears on the colours and sounds of the landscape, and I softly sing - for myself alone - wispy songs I compose while waiting."
The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

"For Joyce, "paralysis" represents a moral failure resulting in the inability to live meaningfully."
Chris Power, A Brief Survey of the Short Story Part 32: James Joyce, The Guardian, 9 March 2011


Ouroboros. Eternal return.

It's chronosynclastic, it evades time-capture
Ann Shenton

It is not true, as is sometimes said, that man cannot organize the world without God; Lubac said during the Nazi occupation of France. What is true is that, without God, he can only organize it against man.

The Daybooks of Edward Weston are nevertheless an illuminating - and, for their time, incredibly honest - insight into the everyday highs and lows of the artistic life.

"My music is evidence of my soul's will to live,"
Charles Mingus


Two aesthetics exist: the passive aesthetic of mirrors and the active aesthetic of prisms. Guided by the former, art turns into a copy of the environment'#39;s objectivity or the individual's psychic history. There, of course, he sums up all of realism, no? Guided by the latter, art is redeemed, makes the world into its instrument and forges, beyond spatial and temporal prisons, a personal vision. That's Borges. This idea of this "personal vision" he says here, Let's throw out everything and start anew, but what he actually discovers is, Let's take in it all and start anew!

This short book (Raymond Meeks) moves beautifully from place to people to interiors to place and from colour to black and white and back to colour smoothly with a sense of ease and in a way which is almost unnoticed as you spend time with the pictures (one thing I have long thought is that the mixing of colour and black & white is an almost impossible thing to pull off). This is all very much in the realm of poetry.

"I am at war with the obvious".
William Eggleston

Three aspects of the absolute
Garden and Cosmos, Jodhpur


Cipher, encryption

"... a compelling case of the irreal creating the conditions for the real..."

Photograph the sea.

Imago: emanation of once-living body of kings - not representation - waxwork effigy to be burned at death in parallel with burial of actual body. "In life as in death, the king was dual, ambiguous, even paradoxical."

Thought: free myself up, be more gestural, less controlling.

Apply Torcal to London - is it possible?

Rethink Highams Park, add in collages, other subtleties. "Hide in plain sight"

The tourist photographer becomes the artist - visit Trafalgar Square

Image + abstract sound - slideshow or clickthrough (think Knife)

Stations of light in the tunnel darkness (remember Spectral examples)

Diptychs: pre- and post-process

The mistral


"Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long."
Walker Evans

'This is what I see / This is what I think I see.'

How to make the mundane magical? How to find and weave the unexpected into the everyday? It's what Steve Tibbetts does in Minnesota, can I do it on the 7.58 to Liverpool Street?

How to find peace?

Presentation of image - stands, holders, etc

"Wherever you go, there you are."
The Wire

"There is no death, only music." Samuel R. Delany, The Einstein Intersection.

Genius loci - the soul of a place

Mnemosyne - goddess of memory, mother of muses.

'Making strange', estranging the mundane"
Viktor Shklovsky

'Shutter, Dream'
Bill Frisell, Disfarmer

"to confront the dying world before me, and inside me"
Jonathan Lethem reviewing JG Ballard's short stories.

The college as labyrinth... "complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost"
I could make one big picture from many smaller ones, I could overlay maze structures to create new, impossible labyrinths.

Greenleaf Road as centre of the universe...
"Cut to the chase
Cut to the quick
Take up Occam's razor!"
Large letters + Google Map link
(the mundane)

Profile photos of cars obscure views


"I have a beach in my shoes"

"... my soul would have died."
Hiroh Kikai

"Looking and seeing"

'Better question than answer.'

Photography frequently claims one thing: the instant made permanent. I'm more interested in the uncertainty, the transition between states, the moment that conatims the following moment within it.

Movement of people blurs British Museum, vestments,

Resounding, resonant

Figures isolated from their background (see Japanese scroll)

Remember frames - shape of Japanese coat...

A piece of music that progresses from highly textured to silky smooth.

Anything is possible - experiment!

"These are simply documents I make."
Atget to Man Ray 1925

Exploit the slideshow: glimpses in the dark, abstract revelations

The connection between pigeons and the sky.

Miniature soundtracks condensed from film ambience. Stalker, Last Year At Marienbad
- cut-up, reverbed,wraith-like, sonic phantoms, dubbed out
- imagery to consist of ruins, car crashes
- use images as focal points for pieces eg plague crosses
- 'In The Second Year' (Storm Jameson)

Tycho Brahe

- Image of Rachel Whiteread's house
- 'On the coast of the inland sea'
Victor Pasmore

- the ambiguity of signs (wood pigeon)

- "... the perceptions she has formed... shall be swallowed up like a cry in dark woods."
p852 Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson

The familiar become unfamiliar because incidental to the frame

Multiple shots of same location taken at different times: diptychs, triptychs

The outspoken, 'pop' impulse in art (the reflection of my clasped, unhappy hands in reflection of Greek statuettes)

I take photographs of nothing in the hope of finding something.

'For All The Sinners'... Collection of music based around and inspired by film samples.

Project title: Labyrinths
Aspire to music that might be as rich as Borges' tales...

"Whatever lies buried in the silent layers of our mental life (it is the burial that keeps it potent) will become the arbiter of our destiny."
Salley Vickers (Observer

Compose a piece of music in which each of its parts is equivalent to the movements of the hazy flies floating -and occasionally suddenly darting - in the air in the entrance to the Bar Los Pajaritos, Fuente del Conde).
Music as displacement of time, enjoyment of.

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