Cameras allow discovery. This is especially true with new technologies like digital cameras. When affixing an image, cameras change the way we see the world. This is understandable, since photography turns a three-dimensional view into a flat, two dimensional image.
This snapshot of two children’s faces speaks of this change. The face on the right distorts because it is close to the camera’s lens. Such alterations are not mistakes but, as James Joyce put it, “portals of discovery”. They draw our attention to the process, to the distortion through which we learn that our normal way of seeing is just one of many possibilities. Such were the lessons Picasso and Braque learned from snapshots made early in the twentieth century. These two children, playing with their father’s smart-phone, make a similar discovery a century later.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Johnson