A HOLE IN THE SEA
This photography is obviously not a “hole in the sea”. It is the roof of the MucEM, the “Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations” in Marseilles, France. But to me it appears to be a “broken sea” with the “La Major” church in its background, at the entrance to the old district of the town.
It is a paradoxical situation. The relation between the “new” and the “old” is what makes the photograph. I just wonder, I imagine the roof of the museum without the church, or the church without the roof... and something is missing. There is no tension, no contrast, no paradox. The essence of the paradox, lies in a situation which cannot be totally accepted by the rational mind, which generates tension. Thus - because we feel a bit uncomfortable - it becomes a drive, a trigger to move forward with the hope to resolve the paradox, and to regain the lost "comfort of mind".
I believe Art to be more about questions than answers. The presence of Art generates an impact, it should be a shock which shakes our certitudes. It does not matter if it is about an image or a sound, a poem or a sculpture, a dance or a theatre. Art awakes an interrogation, just as Philosophy. By doing so it reminds us of the need to accept the quest for approaching Beauty and Harmony. This quest expands our consciousness to a new level where obscurity vanishes from the previous uncomfortable enigma.
A good photography is thus a paradoxical photography. You should recognizes the landscape without effort, but there should be "something" not exactly fitting your expectations.
Accepting the invitation to resolve the riddle is accepting an invitation to The Quest offered to everyone.
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