CHAPTER 9

The Changing Pinhole Image

Seeing light is a metaphor for seeing the invisible in the visible, for detecting the fragile imaginal garment that holds our planet and all existence together. Once we have learned to see the light, surely everything else will follow.

Arthur Zajonc, Catching the Light, Oxford University Press

Brunelleschi, looking through a hole at a street in Florence, makes a depiction of it from a fixed viewpoint.… The photographic process is simply the invention in the 19th century of a chemical substance that could “freeze” the image projected from the hole in the wall, as it were, onto a surface. It was the invention of the chemicals that was new, not the particular way of seeing.… So the photograph is, in a sense, ...

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