Taste and Image

vandal

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/vandal-new-york?start=270

NEWS-HOTELS-0814-SELFIE

“Ultimate Selfie” in front of Eiffel Tower © Yanidel.net http://www.yonder.fr/news/hotels/mandarin-oriental-se-met-au-selfie

 

“Dependance on the camera, as the device that makes real what one is experiencing, doesn’t fade when people travel more. (…) A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it – by limiting experience to a search for the photographic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir.”

Susan Sontag, On Photography, p9

 

“Buildings are appropriated in a two fold manner: by use and by perception – or rather, by touch and sight. Such appropriation cannot be understood in terms of the attentive concentration of a tourist before a famous building. On the tactile side there is no counter part to contemplation on the optical side. Tactile appropriation is accomplished not so much by attention as by habit.”

Walter Benjamin, Illuminations, p240

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