punctum

Little Rock

 

What I feel about these photographs derives from an average affect, almost from a certain training. It is studium; whether I receive them as political testimony or enjoy them as good historical scenes: for it is culturally that I participate in the figures, the faces, the gestures, the settings, the actions. The second element will break, or punctuate, the studium. This time it is not I who seek it out. It is this element which rises from the scene, shoots out of it like an arrow, and pierces me. A Latin word exists to designate this wound, this prick, this mark made by a pointed instrument…punctum.
— Roland Barthes said that

24 Comments

a penny for your thoughts?

Barbara Thomasreply
July 17, 2018 at 8:36 pm

This is a very pretty red brick building.

Elizabeth Buckalewreply
July 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm

I really like the light you’ve captured on this building.
Interesting quote… and more so because, working in ophthalmology, punctum is a part of ocular anatomy that I inspect on a daily basis. Funny to see it used in this context!

Michael Skorulskireply
July 18, 2018 at 12:20 am

A beautiful image of this red brick school bearing the name, Clinton.

lislreply
July 18, 2018 at 12:37 am

That’s a very fine building, nicely taken, sherri

Ginniereply
July 18, 2018 at 12:45 am

Man alive, Sherri. With the accompanying quote and what’s going on in America right now, this packs a wallop! Did someone say “public service?”

Nicoureply
July 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

Quelle gare quelle couleur et rendu et ce toit fantastique compo et vue mervielleux.
amitié

Elaine Kreply
July 18, 2018 at 3:05 am

it’s a beautiful building, is it ‘so’ red? or is it my monitor?

sherrireply
July 18, 2018 at 9:20 pm
– In reply to: Elaine K

it truly is a very red brick like you’re seeing. it’s a historical structure; the old train station. then, it was used as the spaghetti warehouse restaurant for a short time. after that it was purchased for the Clinton School of Public Service and is next to the President Clinton Library

grouserreply
July 18, 2018 at 4:49 am

Sounds like a case of intellectually over egging the pudding to me, like the waffle surrounding much art criticism . I’m sure the analysis of picture impact can be put more simply and directly. The building is interesting though.. My first impression was a railway station 🙂

sherrireply
July 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm
– In reply to: grouser

yes, it was the train station and is a historical structure

in the 80’s it was the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant

then, it was purchased and houses the Clinton School of Public Service and is next to the President Clinton Library

mhelenereply
July 18, 2018 at 5:04 am

Beautiful framing .you give us a very interesting text from Barthes : we look at an image because that interests us, it is the “studium” then in this image something is quite obvious to us, pierces us, it is the “punctum “. Thank you !

Maria-Linareply
July 18, 2018 at 6:42 am

Bonjour Sherri, elle est superbe cet école, magnifique! Bise, bon mercredi tout doux!

July 18, 2018 at 7:10 am

I love the glowing red brick of this, I guess, Victorian, building

ruthiebearreply
July 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

SUch serious words today. I like this close up and point of view. Beautifully done.

Ayush Basureply
July 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

a handsome building especially with the carvings on the lintel, Sherri. your processing is rather nice.

Martine Liboutonreply
July 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

C’est très beau

Elaine Hancockreply
July 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm

This is a gorgeous building. The architecture is beautiful. The sign is the punctum. An interesting quote.

Otto von Münchowreply
July 18, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Roland Barthe in his Reflections on Photography gives some crucial observations about photography. Love this quote about the punctum. And the photo with its political understatement fits perfectly. And what a lovely building it is.

Stevenreply
July 18, 2018 at 5:59 pm

A quote that is a lot to take in. This is one beautiful building with a facade that is in tip-top shape! The ornate work above the windows really caught my eye; including the statement in the sky. 🙂

Stevereply
July 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

A lovely image of this really beautiful building. I miss Bill, too. We sure could use him in office now rather than Agent Orange.

sherrireply
July 18, 2018 at 9:29 pm
– In reply to: Steve

lol, Agent Orange ! gotta love it

you’re the only one who seems to have noticed the typography in the sky. I also miss President Obama. America is in a very dark and scary place right now. We grew up saying, “I’d rather be dead than red” on the playground and so how on earth do we have so many people thinking Russia is not a threat to our democracy ?

Dianereply
July 20, 2018 at 11:20 pm

gosh, the sign says it all doesn’t it? And I definitely saw the I miss Bill; in fact, I saw that first. I don’t doubt you miss Bill.

Anita Bowerreply
July 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm

Lovely photo of this great building. You show it off to great advantage.

Harryreply
August 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm

you captured a lot of nice detail in this tight angle

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