stu·di·um

 

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

 

25 Comments

a penny for your thoughts?

Harryreply
May 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm

According to Wikipedia, “Roland Gérard Barthes was a French literary theorist, philosopher, linguist, critic, and semiotician.” No wonder I don’t understand a word of his quote.

And “I miss Bill”
Clinton?
Russell?
Gates?
Murray?
Google “well known people named Bill” for even more.

Elaine Hancockreply
May 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

It makes me wonder which Bill this is referring to.

Ginniereply
May 3, 2018 at 11:34 pm

“Studium is the element that initially gets your attention. It can be colors, a cool background, a pose, really anything. But the punctum is what Roland describes as the thing that “pricks or bruises.” It’s that rare detail that makes the viewer feel something and pushes the photo even further.” So, I’m really getting my education today and am loving it…no matter who Bill is! 🙂

lislreply
May 4, 2018 at 12:19 am

I did try to read “Mythologies” by Barthes, but failed miserably

Tatar@Yreply
May 4, 2018 at 12:58 am

Belle composition saisie

Martine Liboutonreply
May 4, 2018 at 1:16 am

J’aime beaucoup ta photo

marjolein van de fotokraamreply
May 4, 2018 at 3:00 am

And who and where is Bill 😉

Elaine-reply
May 4, 2018 at 3:55 am

lol that quote…. ‘umm…. yeah…. what??’

mhelenereply
May 4, 2018 at 4:19 am

Great caaapture ! I often see an “element that rises the scene ” …!

grouserreply
May 4, 2018 at 4:24 am

Presumably not Tax Bill 🙂

Maria-linareply
May 4, 2018 at 7:15 am

Oupsss Bill must be someone very important to her! Bise, bonne journée dans la joie!

ruthiebearreply
May 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

Powerful words – WHat grabs me about this image is the feeling it creates.

Nicoureply
May 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

Ces cheveux bruns et cette inscription de dos super
Amitié

willemreply
May 4, 2018 at 10:20 am

Nice detail shot.

B. thomasreply
May 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

Not sure what Bill, but interesting shot.

Lewisreply
May 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Lovely storytelling shirt and photo.

Stevereply
May 4, 2018 at 6:19 pm

How can anyone wonder which Bill is being referred to here? I miss him, too. A very cool image.

sherrireply
May 4, 2018 at 10:37 pm
– In reply to: Steve

i have to say i’m mystified about that as well and i miss him too

Martinereply
May 4, 2018 at 11:21 pm

Qui est donc Bill ?

Ayush Basureply
May 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm

i suppose it is better than a shirt that says “kill bill”!

Tomreply
May 6, 2018 at 2:46 am

Is that the Bill in Kill Bill or Clinton, I wonder? 🙂

Bill Phillipsreply
May 6, 2018 at 4:04 am

I’m still here!!

claudio maurireply
May 6, 2018 at 6:47 am

I like it, even if I can not say why.

Dianereply
May 7, 2018 at 9:16 pm

okay, I would need some time to re-read and really analyze what he’s really saying. I must be a dummy but I’ll admit it and put it behind me! I too wonder which Bill but my guess goes with Clinton.

Stevenreply
May 8, 2018 at 1:10 pm

I hope Bill misses her, too. 😉

leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.