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Estere Kajema
Upper Sixth
Hallward's House

Some London Thoughts

Some London Thoughts

In this world, there is nothing as monumental and vital as art. It is all about art. Every breath we take, every song we listen to, every person we kiss, every door we close. We are art ourselves, any human action is nothing but pure art.

Yesterday I had my lunch on the steps of the National Gallery (how ironic…) and was reading “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger. In this book, there are so many incredible ideas, one of which is that photography destroyed the precious appreciation of the moment. I was walking around the Gallery itself and wishing I had never seen any of these paintings before. Imagine the world where you have only ever heard of all the things, but never seen them. Imagine you have never seen how graceful, careful, breathtaking “Samson and Delilah” is. Imagine the person you love leaving you and never being able to see them again. The world would be so much more honest and brave. We would finally start going for it, changing things. It is all about seeing someone in the middle of the street and immediately knowing you will love them until the rest of your days without knowing their name or ever seeing them again.

It’s about being right here and right now, it’s about understanding that life has not got a return ticket, and you will never go back. You will never see any of the people around you the way they are right now. The Art is monumental, it is not something that will infinitely excite you. The saddest thing in the world is getting used to things and people, and now, with the invention of so many different cameras and the internet, we do not really have a choice. We do not love as much as our grandparents did, we do not have enough courage to say these very important words out loud and we forget things so easily.

The lesson is simple. Do not try to rationalise and record something that is already infinite. Dive into the moments and appreciate what you have right now.

10 February 2012

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