The Art of Words
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
The word “art” may be a simple three-letter word, but its definition is as broad and deep as the scope of human accomplishments. Most think of the visual arts of painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture, which engages our eyes to give meaning to the aesthetic experience. Even the performing arts of ballet or contemporary dance employ our ability to observe movement and take pleasure in an intricate choreography. Nevertheless, art demands the full participation of all of our senses. We hear music, we touch softness, we smell the freshness of mountain air, and we taste the richness of chocolate. For me, the art that gives me the greatest delight is found in words.
A few days ago, my dear blogger friends, Dina, Klausbernd, Siri and Selma, invited me to write a post about quotes and quoting. It is an invitation I eagerly embraced. Quotes have been a source of inspiration and challenge over the years. The proliferation of quotes within our social media venues confirms that others share my enthusiasm.
This month, ChasingART will celebrate the art of quotations. As with any art form, we become caught up within the artistic undertaking. Words are powerful – they challenge as well as comfort, test our strength as well as confirm our values. We are part of a huge conversation with the past, present and hopefully the future. May we have the courage to join the dialogue, to offer our thoughts along with others as we move forward in our time line.
“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”