Monday, September 5, 2011

Motion

This is a photo of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet by Lois Greenfield. It reminded me of Plato's insistence on the fact that painting (and I'm assuming, photography, as well) is an imitation of an imitation and therefore is somehow inferior. Contrary to Plato, I think this photo is actually equally valid (as an art object) as the dance performance. What I find beautiful, is the photographer's ability to capture dancers in motion, magnifying the moment and at the same time suggesting further movement. The seemingly fleeting, light movements are highlighted for their complexity and strength only when they are captured by the camera, which makes the photo a separate, although a dependent, art piece.

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