Second verse, same as the first (though this one feels a little different.)

Monday, October 22, 2012

You’re going to be seeing a lot of this look this week, and I feel a bit bad about that, but. But.

One of my favourite things about photography is the way that you can take the same subject; the same person, or place, or feeling, and just by photographing the scene differently, the resulting product is changed right down to its core. The casual disregard, the too-easy twisting and tweaking of reality is almost a transcendent action in my eyes; the ability to fully manipulate the viewer’s perception of the scene through techniques and technologies made entirely of human ingenuity without having to make headway on even the smallest of paradigm shifts.

For me, it speaks volumes about the subjectivity of the world, not just in perspective, but in the overwhelmingly transient nature of the individual experience. You can feel it in everything from a magician’s death-defying illusion; to a trick of the light; to the optical aberration, translated metaphorically into every interpersonal interaction, and it shakes us to our bones.

What we see is almost entirely controlled by what is intended for prying eyes, and what we see through a lens even moreso: what we see of each other, then, is obfuscated so efficiently by what we are wanted and want to see. When you can be sixteen or twenty-six; when warm pink bends toward a dusty cyan; when lighting and technique have more sway on the observer than the subject’s own facets, when —

When the human experience is embodied with such fantastic intensity, what then could be more sublime?

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26 Responses to “Second verse, same as the first (though this one feels a little different.)”

  1. Oh, this post! I love your writing, I love your photos, you look absolutely breathtaking! Gimme some of them genes :-P

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  2. All I can say is, Eye. Heart. You. :)
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  3. I seriously love a stronger eye look on you, it makes you look incredible! I really get what you mean about photography, it's why I love it so much :)
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  4. mostlysunnybunny, on October 22nd, 2012 at 12:43 pm said:

    Oh wow Rae the whole thing is really fierce! I love what you say about photography! It's another way of experiencing the world :)
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  5. Thank you, Lily! <3

  6. *openly flailing*


  7. Thank you, Teri! :) I'm so glad to find contemporaries out there — and the fact that you stuck with me through all those run-on sentences, well.

    That's dedication!

  8. Thanks, Sunny! I only wish that we could alter our real-time perceptions of the world, too ;o)

  9. My illness-addled brain wasn't ready for this! Your writing is devastating, in the best possible way.


    Its the new sexy.

  10. Photography poetry :) I love pic #1 – so soft and ethereal while being so stark :)
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  11. So true about photography :) As a smoky eye addict, I love your smoky eye look!!!
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  12. Why aren't you a model??!? Damn, gurl!

  13. Awwww, gorgeous!
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  14. Beautiful words. Beautiful girl. =)
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  15. YES YES YES to this. Definitely the new sexy

    (and tonight I have to rewatch that episode. It's overdue)
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  16. You look amazing in dramatic dark eye shadow. Honestly, my favorite look on you so far. xx

  17. this is a well done post and that last photo is GORGEOUS! :)
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  18. Thank you, darling :)

  19. Thank you, fieran! It's great to hear that so many of you are on the same page with regards to photography :)




  21. Thanks, honey!

  22. Thank you, Maggie :)

  23. Thank you so much, Coco! I'm really glad to hear you liked the look :)

  24. Thank you so much, Joyce! <3

  25. I just found your blog and I'm loving it! You're beautiful, intelligent and Canadian (YAY)! It's nice to read opinions and know that most of the time the products can be found in Canada.

  26. Thanks, Nancy! <3 I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying theNotice — and thank you so, so much for your kind words.

    (PS: you might like the Canadian beauty category, which features only homegrown brands ;) I forget to use it pretty frequently, so it's not always the most up-to-date, but I hope you'll find it useful all the same!)

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