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Bokeh

The significance — the meaning — of images rests on their surfaces. It may be seized at a glance. However, in this case the meaning seized will be superficial. If we want to give meaning any depth, we have to permit our glance to travel over the surface, and thus to reconstruct abstracted dimensions. This traveling of the eyes over the surface of an image is “scanning.” The path followed by our scanning eyes is complex, because it is formed both by the image structure and by the intentions we have in observing the image. The meaning of the image as it is disclosed by scanning, then, is the synthesis of two intentions: the one manifest in the image itself, the other in the observer. Thus, images are not “denoting” symbol-complexes such as numbers, for instance, but “connoting” symbol-complexes: images offer room for interpretation.
(Introductory Note to Towards a Philosophy of Photography by Vilém Flusser – Courtesy of Gary Sauer-Thompson)

Which popped up in my feed along side this Fark thread on Bokeh.

And it makes me re-evaluate my goal in my literary pursuits: focus, focus, focus…

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