“ Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.”—Janet Fitch (via thatkindofwoman)
“If there is such a thing in photography as a “decisive moment”, the term coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, then there must also be the opposite – the casual, corner of the eye event. These, almost unnoticed events are what photographer André Thijssen captures. Thijssen literally looks beyond the obvious subject. He is a photographer who concentrates on the periphery of the frame, he sees beauty in things that most people aren’t interested in. Thijssen’s work provides access to parallel worlds, of which we are occasionally also aware, however we prefer to ignore these unfathomable moments in time. Throughout Thijssen’s body of work his images could form the backdrop to the short stories of Raymond Carver. They are images of kitchen sink realism, slices of life apparently without significance but laced with possibilities. The photographs challenge our sense of perception and forces us to take a better look at our surroundings, his photographs are pencil sharpeners for the eyes. A selection of images and short films will make up Thijssen’s exhibition at KK Outlet. Fringe Phenomena One & Two are published collections of Thijssen’s work and will both be on sale throughout October. André Thijssen is an image maker based in Amsterdam. Thijssen’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across Europe and North America. His commercial client list includes Creative Review, Laurence King, Penguin, Esquire and New York Magazine.”—KK Outlet
“‘The question of naturalism is a fallacy, it does not exist…The photographic image replaces naturalistic experience,’ he asserted. His classes leaned on experience, asking students to think of ‘photography itself as a an act of living, a way of increasing his knowledge of the world, seeing old things in new shapes with new meanings.”—Mary Panzar talking about Sidney Grossman and The Photo League, Aperture Fall 2011/Issue No. 204 (via photographsonthebrain)
“Since arriving here about 6 days ago I’ve climbed a glacier (and wandered around inside it), walked behind the biggest waterfalls I’ve ever seen, eaten horse, gone swimming at night surrounded by mountains and under the stars in a naturally heated pool, stood on icebergs, wandered on black beaches, eaten eggs boiled in hot pools, and been part of a hell of a lot of jumping photos.”—The Passenger Side (I do not think this is her real name) who is visiting me to listen to my people’s air-waves thinks that I am “basically mental”. (I am not sure what this means.)
If man is satisfied only with what he sees physically and cannot imagine creatively, he will stagnate.
Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes… Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipator of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.