"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are" Anais Nin

Diane Arbus – I Love you in your tragic beauty

Diane Arbus

I love you in your tragic beauty

Αν πρέπει να μιλήσουμε για φωτογραφία, ας μιλήσουμε για την Diane Arbus.


"I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself."

H Arbus αναδείχθηκε μέσα από τις στάχτες του αμερικάνικου glamorous

και χάθηκε (όπως αυτοπροσδιορίστηκε μέ την αυτοκτονία της) μέσα σ’ αυτές.

Οι μεγάλες της στιγμές ήρθαν σαν μια θλιμμένη γιορτή στην ώριμή της ηλικία.

Αντέστρεψε ό,τι τόσα χρόνια όρισε και ορίστηκε από την αντιστροφή της.


"Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe. You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw"


"I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do -- that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse."


"It gets to seem as if way back in the Garden of Eden after the Fall, Adam and Eve had begged the Lord to forgive them and He, in his boundless exasperation, had said, ''All right, then. Stay. Stay in the Garden. Get civilized. Procreate. Muck it up.'' And they did."


"There are always two things that happen. One is recognition and the other is that it's totally peculiar. But there's some sense in which I always identify with them. "


"Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory."


A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.


"If I were just curious, it would be very hard to say to someone, "I want to come to your house and have you talk to me and tell me the story of your life." I mean people are going to say, "You're crazy." Plus they're going to keep mighty guarded. But the camera is a kind of license. A lot of people, they want to be paid that much attention and that's a reasonable kind of attention to be paid. "


"Freaks was a thing I photographed a lot. It was one of the first things I photographed and it had a terrific kind of excitement for me. I just used to adore them. I still do adore some of them. I don't quite mean they're my best friends but they made me feel a mixture of shame and awe."


Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.


"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."

«Μία και μόνη είναι η οδός,

και εις τον τάφον φέρνει.

Εις αυτήν η ανάγκη

αμάχητον με χείρα

ωθεί τους ζώντας»



"Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. "


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