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  •  Brilliant post indie. (3+ / 0-)
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    indiemcemopants, kait, ubertar

    Your post reminds me of Roland Barthes' theorization of the punctum in his work Camera Lucida:

    In a deeply personal discussion of the lasting emotional effect of certain photographs, Barthes considers photography as asymbolic, irreducible to the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind. The book develops the twin concepts of studium and punctum: studium denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph, punctum denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it.

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