John Fowles “The Tree” – Book

Not a photography book but something that Fowles said in connection with regard to the limiting effect of Linnaean taxonomy on our view of nature struck a chord, given its reference to photography:

“Even the simplest knowledge of the names and habits of flowers or tress starts this distinguishing or individuating process, and removes us a step from reality towards anthropocentrism; that is, it acts mentally as an equivalent of the camera viewfinder.  Already it destroys or curtails certain possibilities of seeing, apprehending and experiencing….”

Whenever we compose a view in the camera viewfinder we are actually limiting our choices and excluding other possible visual outcomes.

Fowles, J, (2016), p.37.  The Tree.  Taller Fratrum: Little Toller Books.


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