Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Why I write...(again)

I wrote a lengthy post on it here, but I saw this quote and thought it summed it up perfectly 

'We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.”

― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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  1. I can relate to that quote.

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  2. Very interesting quote. I take photos of our dog, and my family so I can watch them later, and just smile.

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  3. I'm not very visual so it's not the same for me. And I re-read your original post. I feel like I have a voice (a certain way I talk and write - that people say is exactly what I'm like when I meet them) - but struggle more with what I want to say.

    I've often used the quote, 'I write so I know what I think,' and that does help explain what I get out of writing but it often means my words (though cathartic) are pointless for others and only of use to me. If that makes sense.

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  4. For me it is the opposite - I write to remind myself and so that my sons have the opportunity to do this too. Have a nice weekend!

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  5. I write to put my thoughts in order, and to communicate with others in order to find connection. But I do make lists to banish them from my mind. So I get it to some degree.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com,

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  6. Why do I write? I write for others to read, perhaps to educate (the teacher in me) or to entertain, draw a smile. When no one reads me I feel bad. Really bad the day someone told me what I wrote wasn't poetry, at least that time for that write. I had told her what I had observed, her overusing (I didn't even use that word or criticize her) a certain word, and she took that badly. She avoids me now in a virtual way even though we may be on the same page physically.
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    1. Oh yes, your neat picture causes me to think. Right now it made me think of a giant coconut that I brought home fetched from a distant place.
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  7. A powerful image! I think the quote is from Franz Kafka.

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  8. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Happy sunday !

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  9. I liked the image and quote too :-)

    Have a floattastic week Lydia 👍

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing this photo and quote with us at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-prickly-situation-from-archives.html

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  11. Very thought provoking quote and interesting photo

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  12. Gorgeous and creative photo ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  13. I like the quote. Perceptions need to be expressed and put into some kind of order and many choose words and/or photos to get things out of their heads and hearts.

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  14. I think that's funny - I don't take photos to drive things out of my head, but on the contrary to keep them better. And for the same reason I write. I preserve, I organize my thoughts, I manage to track down thoughts that run in circles, I sometimes find out about myself while writing ...
    All the best from Austria,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/09/rostrosige-september-tage.html

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  15. I photograph to remember, kind of the opposite. Sometimes I can visualize an event or person better from a photographic image than the one I experienced live. Maybe it has to do with details. Life sometimes moves so fast we don't notice everything. - Margy

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  16. Very thought provoking quote and picture.

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  17. That's a perfect quote.. Very well said and can relate to it.

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  18. I photograph to capture the moment as I see it, giving what I think is important centre stage, putting it in the context of my thoughts at the time. Heck, that's why I write too! ;-)
    Thank you for taking part in the "My Sunday Best" meme.

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