“Reality is beyond our reach”

Posted in Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on September 6, 2006

I am glad that i found the blog of Karl, who is writing an ongoing series of essays in his blog, which deal with “Reality”. These are not only very interesting but well written and definately worth reading.


“It is time to return to the roots of this series after a number of digressions. I’ll recap earlier points, such as what we “see” is not necessarily the Truth. There are many distortions between the object and the image formed in our minds. Placing a camera, film, scanner and/or a digital chip between the object and your brain provides even more issues.

This series deals with “things we see”. It is not hard to generalize much of the arguments to a broader part of our lives. Are our emotions independent of our perceptions of “reality”? Is touch and feel less off the mark than what we “see”? What about our hearing – is it accurate? Does a burger really taste the way we think is tastes? For all I know, the answer to each question is “No”.

Not only that, our perceptions are unique to each of us. No one sees things the way the next person does. That truly has wide reaching consequences. Answers below.”

Follow these links to each of the 6 parts.


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  1. Suzan said, on September 7, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    Ahaha, yes I know this discussion. Interesting, but also quite tiring after a while (or two years of study which falls back on these kind of things all the time). I have to look into that blog though/ of course 🙂

  2. taylan said, on September 7, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    I am also glad that I find your blog:). Welcome to blogosphere and specifically to WordPress. I think you’ll be in somefine company here! I keep mentioning photography’s relation to reality in pretty much every post I’ve written, to the point of getting sick of it.

    Honestly, as an artist-in-training, I’m more interested in photography’s expressive potential, and its ability to construct a coherent reality within itself, and not in its connection to some external reality. I might be blurring the boundaries, but I wonder if people are questioning cinema’s or sculpture’s relationship to reality as much as they do photography’s.

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