Is a photo graph about the visual experience of the viewer or some truth of the record of that 1/125 sec? The moment will never happen again, but is the image of a shutter speed of 1/125 sec a different reality than 1/2 of a second?
Is truth more than a bunch colors, textures and lines? One thing I like about Tokyo is the geometric shapes of the architecture and how they visually juxtapose. Its easier to see when I do it like this.
Its often said when people experience art its a personal experience, different people get different things, and then on the other hand, people refer to “this experience” or “that experience” which is related to the life experiences of a specific group where those in the group “understand it” implying they have the same experience and those outside not only do not understand it, but cannot get it or have no right to get it.
I think the personal experience is better, but then again I find myself not so attracted to “popular art” which is LCD (lowest common denominator).
I do not think of myself as elitist, we live in a free world, a free market, where basically if you are standing on your two feet (financially) you have the right to express what you like and dislike in the market place.
I do not wear non cotton clothes because air between the clothes and my skin does not circulate, I sweat and itch. I used to enjoy playing sports but I am not a fan, and if I watch foot ball its the last five minutes, especially when Joe Montana was QB, but I wold pay even $5 to goto a professional sports event of any sort.
But other people would and I think having a diverse market place is great. (This is not the same “other people” that trump keeps referring to concerning meddling in the election.) Most of those “other people” would think I am an idiot for paying $hundreds for chawan or guinomi but everydayI use them I get great pleasure, and I assure the same is for them when they are using or doing things which I am not interested,
Middle of Tokyo, around Tsujiki. Japan has a different sense of what in the USA we call zoning, here is a large factory right in the middle of sky scrappers and (you cannot see it but about 30 feet behind me is a major retail store street.
And little cafes, so many businesses in Japan, so many people seeking the experience of making a quality product and that is one thing that makes Japan interesting.
Maybe if I sat in one place for too long watching life go buy I would have a different perspective, or maybe I do sit in one place two long and everyone else, leaving me behind, goes on with their life while I sit and watch out the window. Last night I had a long phone conversation with an old friend, just talking about ideas, reflections, two people using words to up the conversation using different twists and turns to envision something new and different.
Kant spent his whole life living in a small village, not married, reportedly have regular Sunday dinners and conversations with guests and yet, concerning “knowing” he was one of the greatest thinkers who ever lived. If you have any wonder about knowing, I suggest spend some time with Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. You do not have to read it all, if you are past 30 you have more important things to do with your life, but you will not start to get it until you are past 45.
But why Kant has meaning for this trump thyme is because he and his media supporters when confronted with 2+2=4 always want to say “It might be 5, therefore it is not 4.”
We do not know what we cannot experience, it might be 5 but for the most part and probably for 99.9999999999999% of us during our life time 2+2 =4. When you start making real life decisions based on 2+2 doesn’t not equal 4, i.e. unreal, conspiracy theories such as integrity, ethics and principles are just marketing techniques and everyone has shady ulterior motives (i.e. everyone has their price and can never be trusted) you end up making a worse world in which to live for others as well as for yourself.