Bc #14

Surrounded by photographs, I could no longer console myself with Rilke’s line: “Sweet as memory, the mimosas steep the bedroom”: the Photograph does not “steep” the bedroom: no odor, no music, nothing but the exorbitant thing. The Photograph is violent: not because it shows violent things, but because on each occasion it fills the sight by force, and because in it nothing can be refused or transformed …

(Uit: Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida. Reflections on photography (orig. La chambre claire [1980], vert. Richard Howard). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010, 91)

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