punctum

Little Rock
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

Comments (24):

  1. Elizabeth Buckalew

    Jul 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!

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  2. Michael Skorulski

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:20 am

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

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  3. lisl

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:37 am

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

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  4. Ginnie

    Jul 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?”

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  5. Nicou

    Jul 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

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

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  6. Elaine K

    Jul 18, 2018 at 3:05 am

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

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    • sherri

      Jul 18, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      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

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  7. grouser

    Jul 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 🙂

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    • sherri

      Jul 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      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

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  8. mhelene

    Jul 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 !

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  9. Maria-Lina

    Jul 18, 2018 at 6:42 am

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

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  10. b

    Jul 18, 2018 at 7:10 am

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

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  11. ruthiebear

    Jul 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

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

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  12. Ayush Basu

    Jul 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

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

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  13. Elaine Hancock

    Jul 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm

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

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  14. Otto von Münchow

    Jul 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.

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  15. Steven

    Jul 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. 🙂

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  16. Steve

    Jul 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.

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    • sherri

      Jul 18, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      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 ?

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  17. Diane

    Jul 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.

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  18. Anita Bower

    Jul 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm

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

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  19. Harry

    Aug 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    you captured a lot of nice detail in this tight angle

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