What I Read This Week - 10th February

Sunday again - sometimes the weeks seem so compressed... - Pics and It Didn’t Happen (Nathan Jurgenson at The New Inquiry)

Documenting the present as a future past, as conventional photographs do, asserts the facts of change, impermanence, and mortality. The temporary photograph does the opposite: It interrupts the traditional photographic fixation of the present as impending history by positing a present moment that’s not concerned with the past or the future. As such, the temporary photograph is necessarily less sentimental and nostalgic. By being quick, the temporary photograph is a tiny protest against time.

- Beautiful and Terrible: Aeriality and the Image of Suburbia (D. J. Waldie)

From the air, suburban Los Angeles appears to have no history, no boundary and no human dimension. When Garnett photographed Lakewood — the foundations in rows, the house frames casting skeletal shadows — pattern as a substitute for narrative was already a cliché of aerial photography.

- Theater of Pain (Tom Junod at Esquire)

Somewhere in every football player's career, pain offers a way out. The football player who makes it to the NFL is the one who understands from the start that what pain is really offering is a way in.

- On Travel, Time, and (Revisiting) Granada (Cheri Lucas)

But there’s something to be said about traveling and revisiting a physical place after some time: to experience the strange but pleasurable sensation of going back in time to a past self — naive and incomplete, longing and believing, in awe of the world — by simply sitting in the same exact spot you once did.