Wednesday, November 6, 2013

further proof that photographs are ghosts

photo courtesy liz gary

Tim: What do you mean when you say that?

Me: In old photographs in general, but especially in photographs from the 30s and 40s, the whites are always so bleached out. People look like floating ghosts.

But also, a photograph is a ghost in the sense that  photographs are able to capture some real essence of a person and hold on to it indefinitely. There's something so eerie about that. It's like somehow the person in the photographs is still alive.