Still Life

Every time a figuration is evoke in a drawing, everything about it has been mediated by consciousness, either intuitively or systematically. In a drawing an apple is made round and spherical; in a photograph, the roundness and the light and shade of the the apple are received as a given. This difference between making and receiving also implies a very different relation to time. A drawing contains the time of its own making, and this means that it possesses its own time, independent of the leaving time of what it portrays, The photograph, by contrast receives almost instantaneously - usually today at a speed which cannot be perceived by the human eye. The only time contained in a photograph is the isolated instant of what it shows.