This entry is a feeder for a blog entry I wrote for FOAM’s blog. FOAM is the FOto museum AMsterdam. I’ll be writing an entry once a month. In this, my first foray into the FOAM bloggersphere, I use James Agee as a starting point to describe the relationship between seeing and knowing.
James Agee, begins his essay, A Way of Seeing (which can be found in Helen Levitt’s seminal book, A Way of Seeing), “The mind and the spirit are constantly formed by, and as constantly form, the senses, and misuse or neglect the senses only at grave peril to every possibility of wisdom and well being. The busiest and most abundant of the senses is that of sight. The sense of sight has been served and illuminated by the visual arts for as long, almost, as we have been human.” Read more… (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)