On Frampton’s Nostalgia

I found the long contemplative pauses between the end of discussion about a photograph gave ample time to think about what Frampton said. The slow burn of the remains of each photograph feels like looking into the last flickering embers of a campfire. The small movements of the paper during the final burning process are soothing in a way.

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What intrigues me as well is the juxtaposition between the details described by Frampton and the details lost as the photograph is burned. The image disappears in a wave of smoke and rings of fire. In a sense, it represents how our memories work. Photographs allow us to capture and remember moments in our lives, but without them, many of those memories disappear into oblivion.

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“here it is. look at it. do you see what i see?”


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