The history of the world is full of prophecies and portents, but we tend to feel, especially in the West, that all this belongs to the past. In Asia, however, the occult is still invoked to explain current events at least as often as economics or, until recently, ideology. In China, in India, in Indonesia, what we call superstition is still very much part of everyday life. Astrology, chiromancy, the art of reading the future in a person’s face or the soles of his feet or the leaves in his cup, play a very substantial role in the life of the people and in public affairs, as do the practice of healers, shamans and the masters of feng-shui, the cosmic geometry. The name to give a child, the purchase of a field, the sale of a portfolio of shares, the repair of a roof, the departure or a declaration of war, are governed by criteria that have nothing to do with our logic.
Tiziano Terzani, A Fortune-Teller Told Me
Somehow, no matter how much try, I can never truly see myself.
One takes pleasure, in travelling, from looking at the small things, the details, the big things, the things that are different and the things that look the same everywhere else. That weekend, everything felt just about right. I knew I was bringing back something else, other than a handful of photos.
“Diz-se muitas vezes que foram os pintores que inventaram a Fotografia (transmitindo-lhe ao enquadramento, a perspectiva albertiniana, e a óptica da camera obscura). E eu digo: não, foram os químicos. Porque o noema ‘Isto foi’ só é possível a partir do dia em que uma circunstância cientifica (a descoberta da sensibilidade à luz dos sais de prata) permitiu captar e imprimir directamente os raios luminosos emitidos por um objecto diferentemente iluminado.”
A Câmara Clara | Roland Barthes