Thursday, July 7, 2011


Alberto Giacometti famously claimed that he wanted to capture the dying and decomposing bodies of the people that he portrayed. The claim is amazingly beautiful because it shifts the outlook on how we perceive time, reality and depiction. The statement obviously turns portraiture upside down, but so much more than that. Just imagine if we could create photographs in the same way. It would make Dorian Gray’s portrait mundane. After all, the body is a short-lived entity that spites the universe’s movement towards higher equilibrium (the second law of thermodynamics). The ageing process on the other hand proves the impotence of this spitefulness.

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