From the "Get out" movie 2017:
Chris is a photographer. Jim Hudson is a blind art dealer, curator and critic.
JIM: - I am an admirer of your work. You have a great eye. You've got something. The images you capture. So brutal, so melancholic. It's powerful stuff, I think. Believe me, the irony of being a blind art dealer isn't lost on me.
CHRIS: - How'd you do it?
JIM: - My assistant describes the work to me in great detail.
Of course the allusion was that critics are little, if not at all, related to visual faculties. Having said that, and even if it may seem a dull exercise, let's start describing Andreas' picture,
There is this arm and hand with open fingers behind transparent curtains. The light is frontal and the high contrast isolates the arm from the rest of the scene. We then realise that it belongs to a little girl with her profile emerging only as a silhouette.
The scene is set in a house interior with the left side (curtains in contre-jour) replicating in the background using the pattern as connecting thread.
The image is colour but the approach is black and white with only the arm's skin rendered in bright colours and some blue hues here and there …
Description is the first and essential step to arrive at a meaningful judgment. It is the moment when we collect data or facts. We answer the what, the where ... we acknowledge the content and the form.
Decoding pictures is a step further: answering not the What, Who, When and Where but the Why ... (to be continued)
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