“Thought is patchy and material. It does not find magical closure or even seek it, perhaps because it’s too busy just trying to imagine what’s going on”.
“The act of description, then, is a peering, accidental glimpse of what matters” (Kathleen Stewart, 2007, p. 5; 2016, p. 31).
A light that tries to write
“In the form of photographic images, things and event are put to new uses, assigned new meanings, which go beyond the distinctions between the beautiful and the ugly, the true and the false, the useful and the useless, good taste and bad” (Susan Sontag,On photography, 1977, p. 153).
30th December, 2022: Via Nicola Salvi, Roma
31st December, 2022: Museo Chiaramonti, Viale Della Galea, Roma
1st January, 2023: Corner of Via Delle Scienze and Via Saraceno, Pisa
2nd January, 2023: Fondamenta Rio Marin, Venezia
3rd January, 2023: Lungarno della Secca Vecchia, Firenze
4th January, 2023: Via de Monna Agnese, Siena
6th January, 2023: Calle de Alfonso VII, Madrid
7th January, 2023: VC. de San Cristóbal, Madrid
8th January, 2023: Calle Arenal, Madrid
She sits by herself in a small cafeteria in the centre of Madrid, watching the world go by. It is almost six o’clock at night and the streets are just starting to darken. She has been walking for hours amidst a sea of people. She stepped outside into the grey and cold day to find an umbrella to shelter her from the rain. She found two, one in black for the boys and one in pink for her. She likes to think she is the kind of person who cares for those she loves.
The more she walks, the more she doubts herself and her capacity to care – perhaps even to love. So she keeps walking, hoping to catch a glimpse of that caring woman she once knew. She sees old couples holding hands, she sees Ukranian folk singers busking, she sees Spanish toddlers throwing tantrums, she sees so many people in search of something more inside the warmth of shops.
She begins to cry softly, it is no use – she is nowhere to be seen and she resigns herself to returning home alone without care and without love.
Some writers I am thinking with
Kathleen Stewart. (2007). Ordinary affects. Duke University Press; as well as her inspiring piece (2016). The point of precision. Representations, 135(1), 31-44.
Susan Sontag. (1977). On photography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.