Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Photos on the Web
From: "Gary Todoroff" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 19:44:24 -0700

> From: Mark 
snip -
> i believe, perhaps incorrectly, that at any point in time and space a
> truly great artist can look about themselves and "see" art. the decision
> whether to capture and offer that vision to others becomes the critical
> event. in other words, we are surrounded by the potential for "great art"
> *constantly*.

Last night, I finished reading an old book by C.S. Lewis called "The Four
Loves". Maybe I'm giving away the ending, but on the last page was a quote
that supports beautifully what Mark said:

"If we cannot 'practice the presence of God,' it is something to practice
the absence of God, to become increasingly aware of our unawareness till we
feel like men who should stand beside a great cataract and hear no noise,
or like a man in a story who looks in a mirror and finds no face there, or
a man in a dream who stretches out his hand to visible objects and gets no
sensation of touch. To know that one is dreaming is to be no longer
perfectly asleep."

When I am carrying a camera, a tiny bit of my "unawareness" disappears.
Occasionally, I actually begin to see. And when any photographer can
capture the moment of sight on film, that is indeed a small miracle. That
kind of image can shine in its clarity, even on a web site.

So I am always shouting most loudly at myself when I say, WAKE UP!

Gary Todoroff