novel; philosophy put into images.
a work can be classic and live on if it has profound IDEAS.
too easy to live without beauty, love, or danger.
show mens signs of greatness!
don’t exile BEAUTY
we turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty.
natural human beauty > artificial.
how to be a GREAT SPIRIT of the times?
“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
‘with rebellion, awareness is born’
autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
GRANDEUR OF THIS LIFE
I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.
Aujourd’hui maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.
What did others peoples deaths or a mothers love matter to me; what did his God
Everybody was privileged. There were only privileged people. The others would all be condemned one day.
Myth of sisyphus – 1942
Symbol: transcends one — i can become a symbol//something greater than myself?
nietzsche; preach by EXAMPLE.
never die for an ‘ontological argument’’
great novelist; philosopher novelist — don’t be a thesis writer.
SEIZE THE SELF!!!
how to live with appeal — appeal to myself?
is life worth living?
juger que la vie vaut ou ne vaut pas la peine dette venue, c’est répondre a la question fondamentale de la philosophie. ce sont des jeux; il faut d’abord répondre
answer — is life worth living?
be conscious of our experiences!
point is to LIVE our lives!
prefer my courage and reason
i have (temporary) limited freedom.
GOD: to be free on earth — what does freedom mean?
if the world were clear, art would not exist.
one recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths stray from it.
i will know what the path of my life is— by realizing when i stray from it?
Would you make photos if at the end of the day, they would automatically be erased from your SD card?
my life is strengthen by my work.
CREATION; daily effort, self-mastery.
“Diversity is the home of art.” – Albert Camus
“To create is to give a shape to one’s fate.”
Outside of that single fatality of death, everything (joy or happiness) is LIBERTY
MYTH OF SISYPHUS
The struggle towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
absurd; out of tune, irrational.
‘Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.’
Oedipius: “I conclude that all is well.”
Sisyphus: negate the gods and raise rocks.
La lutte elle-même vers les sommets suffit a remplir un coeur d’homme; il faut imaginer Sisyphus heureux.
note books; 1942-1951
Between hell and reason
The plague // 1947
How to contrive not to waste one’s time? Answer: by being fully aware of it all the while.
Always be aware of our time.
100 million corpse; puff of smoke in imagination.
THE REBEL 1951
What is a rebel? A man who says NO.
slaves (eventually) want to wear the crown.
Every revolutionary ends by becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
I rebel; therefore we exist.
‘with rebellion; awareness is born’
rebellion starts with wanting ORDER — order in reality?
don’t rebel against nature?
‘Art is the activity that exalts and denies simultaneously’ — what does my art raise up, but denies about human nature?
“No artist tolerates reality.” – Nietzsche
‘the artist reconstructs the world to his plan.’
The photographer reconstructs the world to his viewfinder
Artistic creation is a demand for unity and a rejection of the world.
la vraie générosité envers l’avenir consiste a tour donner au present.
‘real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to the present.’
GIVE ALL YOU CAN TO THE PRESENT!!!
THE FALL 1956
“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus
MARTYR; i will be forgotten, mocked, or killed // and never ‘understood’
god doesn’t create guilt or punish; our fellow men suffice (aided by ourselves)
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
Last judgement — everyday
“N’attendez pas le Jugement dernier. Il a lieu tous les jours. // Do not wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place everyday.” – Camus
Resistance, rebellion, and death – 1960
The aim of art, the aim of a life can be used to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot be used to reduce or suppress that freedom, even temporarily.
A HAPPY DEATH // 1971
‘Avoir de l’argent c’est se libérer de l’argent. // Having money is a way of being free of money.’
It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about.
Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.
‘the opposite of an idealist is a man without love.’