Wednesday, 30 April 2008

boredom and banality / ersatz dereliction

"Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other."

Susan Sontag - "America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly" - On Photography - 1977

The present masquerading as past: carefully constructed, nurtured, maintained. Jaded. Smug. Disjointed from the past. Jarring - continuity destroyed in pursuit of... kitsch. Campness.

"The old-style dandy hated vulgarity. The new-style dandy, the lover of Camp, appreciates vulgarity. Where the dandy would be continually offended or bored, the connoisseur of Camp is continually amused, delighted. The dandy held a perfumed handkerchief to his nostrils and was liable to swoon; the connoisseur of Camp sniffs the stink and prides himself on his strong nerves.

It is a feat, of course. A feat goaded on, in the last analysis, by the threat of boredom. The relation between boredom and Camp taste cannot be overestimated. Camp taste is by its nature possible only in affluent societies, in societies or circles capable of experiencing the psychopathology of affluence."

Susan Sontag - Notes On "Camp" - 1964

"The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes."



Sunday, 27 April 2008

cerulean doors

  • Kings Cross
  • Whitechapel

boundary wall

Whitechapel, demolished railway bridge

Dereliction II


Saturday, 26 April 2008

Nostalgia III

Amsterdam 1992

Thursday, 24 April 2008


Pennington Street, Whitechapel. This quarter of a mile 19th century wall hides Rupert Murdoch's News International printing plant: The London Times and The Sun. Before the arches were bricked up, ran along the London Docks North Quay and was previously occupied by drug and cotton warehouses.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Dereliction I

The sun came out today! Wandered through Whitechapel - I never realised how many poles there are in London. Everywhere.

boredom I

I'm soooo bored of hearing "Only boring people get bored" etc etc etc...

"...those who do not bore themselves usually bore others, while those who bore themselves entertain others.”

"People with experience maintain that proceeding from a basic principle is supposed to be very reasonable; I yield to them and proceed from the basic principle that all people are boring. Or is there anyone who would be boring enough to contradict me in this regard? This basic principle has to the highest degree the repelling force always required in the negative, which is actually the principle of motion. It is not merely repelling but infinitely repulsive, and whoever has the basic principle behind him must necessarily have infinite momentum for making discoveries. If, then, my thesis is true, a person needs only to ponder how corrupting boredom is for people, tempering his reflections more or less according to his desire to diminish or increase his impetus, and if he wants to press the speed of the motion to the highest point, almost with danger to the locomotive, he needs only to say to himself: Boredom is the root of all evil. It is very curious that boredom, which itself has such a calm and sedate nature, can have such a capacity to initiate motion. The effect that boredom brings about is absolutely magical, but this effect is one not of attraction but of repulsion."

"Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. Adam was bored because he was alone; therefore Eve was created. Since that moment, boredom entered the world and grew in quantity in exact proportion to the growth of population. Adam was bored alone; then Adam and Eve were bored en famille. After that, the population of the world increased and the nations were bored en masse. To amuse themselves, they hit upon the notion of building a tower so high that it would reach the sky. This notion is just as boring as the tower was high and is a terrible demonstration of how boredom had gained the upper hand. Then they were dispersed around the world, just as people now travel abroad, but they continued to be bored. And what consequences this boredom had: humankind stood tall and fell far, first through Eve, then from the Babylonian tower."

Kierkegaard - Either/Or

Friday, 18 April 2008

blue shark

grey pigeons

I find these cropped trees a bit creepy at the best of times.

Red - Imagining October

Tuesday, 15 April 2008



The tumult in the heart
keeps asking questions.
And then it stops and undertakes to answer
in the same tone of voice.
No one could tell the difference.

Uninnocent, these conversations start,
and then engage the senses,
only half-meaning to.
And then there is no choice,
and then there is no sense;

until a name
and all its connotation are the same.

Elizabeth Bishop

Brooklyn Museum


Yeah yeah yeah - baroque through the glass darkly

Monday, 14 April 2008


Shifting ground - optic wrenched security - where am I placed? Where do I place myself.

Brighton beach, NY