The Thing Itself.


This week's assignment was to photograph what John Szarkowski calls The Thing Itself. In The Photographer's Eye he discusses the thing itself as the the most philosophical aspect of a photograph and the nexus between objective and subjective. He states "The subject and the picture were not the same thing, although they would afterwards seem so. It was the photographer's problem to see not simply the reality before him but the invisible picture, and to make his choices in terms of the latter."

On Schuylkill Avenue

It is still winter. Winds howl invading our comfort and security but light begins to emerge. Workers at The Big Dig lean into the wind as the camera is able to freeze time. 


Weather often reflects the human mood. Hibernation seems like an appropriate occupation when we fear the dark and cold. Thoughts of spring do not yet even brighten the horizon.

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