Friday, September 9, 2011

To Whom It May Concern


Maxime Willems
LIFE BEHIND MY LENS



Prologue



                                                                                             The artist is the creator of beautiful things.  To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor's craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.

To those who may not have recognized the previous lines, they were penned by Oscar Wilde as the prologue for his renowned novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" which is one of my absolute favorite books. My fervor for books manifests the title of this post "Prologue" in order to introduce the purpose of this blog.

Even if I enjoy reading and am totally into philosophy, the main aim of this blog is to display and share a selection of pictures I have taken, as photography is what I am absolutely passionate about. "There are people who have hobbies and others who pursue their passions". So far, I have only posted them on facebook or photography forums but that does not allow me to enunciate what I wish to express with the shot because as written above: it is Surface and Symbol. So this blog is for those who wish to go beneath the surface (at their peril), reason why I called it "LIFE BEHIND MY LENS. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN".

My interest in photography turned up quite late. Since my childhood I had an eye for beauty (yes, I know it lies in the eye of the beholder) and tried to memorize all the gorgeous things that crossed my way such as views, interior designs of hotels, buildings, people, the packaging of food and many more and I passed hours looking at pictures in various magazines. I guess that explains my studies in Hotel Management as Hotels combine so many elements, especially Beauty and Perfection. Only 3 years ago, I chose to get myself a camera and capture everything that gets in front of my lens and now it seems evident that it has always been photography. I do not want to live in those houses, manage or go to those hotels, buy the stuff I see, I just want to picture them. Besides photography helped me a lot to get out of an unpleasant down. Anyway;

"Life is like photography, we use negatifs to develop"