Things and people, words and acts, are not disposed towards finishing and then erasing their traces, but rather towards starting again, getting back into movement, passing again through the passages, the operations, divisions, exchanges and combinations, in the impetuses that come from everywhere and end up nowhere but at another invention in the journey, through houses and palaces, churches and hotels, always by the streets and by the highways.
-Jean-Luc Nancy La Ville au Loin
The single most destructive impulse I’ve consistently observed in amateur photographers, after working with them more or less continuously over 22 years, is their insecurity about not being liked or understood, and their concomitant anxiousness to please others. Nothing is worse for your art than pandering to make more people like you. That may, indeed, be the principal legacy of a good art school education: the crucial insight that it is only by pleasing oneself that the artist can ultimately please others. It’s why professionals, whose job is, after all, to create things that are immediately and obviously pleasing to broad numbers of viewers, are so seldom remembered for their artistry—and when they are, it’s because at their essence they are artists playing at commerce rather than commercial photographers playing at art.
-The Online Photographer
MOSSLESS IN AMERICA: JUAN MADRID
Rochester experienced a similar fall to Flint and other Rust Belt cities. A large business lost the ability to make large profits (though in this case it was more because Kodak couldn’t develop new technology), and had to cut its workforce down by a massive amount, leaving those it dropped to fend for themselves. Population dropped, crime rose—though statistics never tell the full story, which is something to keep in mind when cities are labeled “violent.”
I think of these types of cities as sacrificial cities. They had to fall for American capitalism to continue on in the never-ending exploitations of anything deemed to have value, as well as the incessant search for maximum profitability, a system in which people aren’t valuable for anything other than their production. And once that production loses its value, those people and the cities they inhabit fall.
From Juan Madrid’s interview with Mossless Magazine.