Scenes created by the sea…

i filched these lines from an introductory essay to a series of seascape photographs by a photographer called Park Yeong-taek, the book’ title: Scenes Created by the Sea; the essay by a professor called Park Jun-hyeon was titled The empire of the senses, the hell of technique, which i read because it was on the coffee shop bookshelf & because i think coffee shops are boring, as they usually play crap music, which stops me from reading anything qualitatively. So i never bother to take a book if someone drags me along to one. i read in lonely silence.
i thought rather than be bored i’d extract lines that i could imagine myself maybe writing & try to compose a poem. The photographs weren’t very good, there was no drama in them, just the same placid ocean a 100 times in monochrome. An example of theory articulating better than the art itself.
The exercise kept me busy while my old friend kipped.

Scenes created by the sea | traced with eyes
directed toward an impossible reproduction
based on existing perceptions | but
in truth they are no more than the reflection of one…
The primeval seascape repeats &
gives rise to a general conception | tidal flats in
the foreground | the sky & the clouds
— structures arranged like objects in a still life | scenes

innate in the sea | thick with the
coagulation of time | while it cannot be seen completely |
it does reveal a glimpse of itself.
The surface of paper | the ontological conditions
of paint | erasing the concrete |
scenery & the subject link & provide a buffer zone
— solid in perpetuity |
a scene that ceaselessly disappears against the fierce

unobstructed rapidity of time
—mass & colour | uniform distance: entities that grow.

13 Comments

  1. A beautiful piece, Daniel, the symbols, concrete and abstract, the contrasts, and the way you’ve interwoven them. I read it several times, great work. By coincidence, a moment ago I read a polar opposite view of the sea that also bowled me over–Paul Steffan Jones’ blog. I thought you might be interested, hope you don’t mind me mentioning, feel free to edit 😜. PS: love the photo, yours I assume.

    1. I think i should steal lines from essays in the coffee table books of cafes more often. It’s funny, the photos gave me nothing, but the essay, even though it was translated in a too academic way, somehow worked if i picked carefully. i am not into the whole found poetry thing really, but as i say, i was bored & looking for something to do & when i went through it again i thought, it isn’t bad—blog worthy. haha.

      i don’t mind you sharing something, i’ll try to find that blog.

      The photo is mine. The NW coast of Jeju where it is always windy.

      1. More than not bad, Daniel. I suspect the difference for me is just the amount of time delay, ie, I read something and it pops out at some point in the future. 😄 Okay, his blog called The Mountain Does Not Know.

      2. i think that’s pretty natural Steve. It takes time for what ever inner mechanism is churning through & digesting our sensory inputs to get to something all its own. It might be a bit like dreams, they surely can only be juxtapositions of things we have experienced & then revise into a form beyond our comprehension if only because it is juxtaposed to an extreme but nevertheless narrated.

        i found the blog. Will give it a browse. Cheers. Might be a keeper.

  2. Now this one (I’m reading these in reverse order) is the meat and potatoes. I’ve only gone through it once but the textures of paper, paint and concrete are already speaking to me.

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