homage to lonely, part 3 — passengers, interiors

28Jul09

Valéry, who had a fine eye for the cluster of symptoms called “civilization,” has characterized one of the pertinent facts.
“The inhabitant of the great urban centers,” he writes, “reverts to a state of savagery — that is, of isolation.  The feeling of being dependent on others, which used to be kept alive by need, is gradually blunted in the smooth functioning of the social mechanism.  Any improvement of this mechanism eliminates certain modes of behavior and emotions.”  Comfort isolates; on the other hand, it brings those enjoying it closer to mechanization.  The invention of the match around the middle of the nineteenth century brought forth a number of innovations which have one thing in common: one abrupt movement of the hand triggers a process of many steps.  This development is taking place in many areas.  One case in point is the telephone, where the lifting of a receiver has taken the place of the steady movement that used to be required to crank other models.  Of the countless movements of switching, inserting, pressing, and the like, the “snapping” of the photographer has had the greatest consequences.  A touch of the finger now sufficed to fix an event for an unlimited period of time.

— Walter Benjamin, “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire”

Photo information, by order of appearance, including locations, cameras, lenses, and film type.

1) Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Kodak 400VC

2) Kintetsu Nara line, Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Fuji Provia 400

3) Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, unknown film

4) JR train, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji Superia 400

5) JR Yamanote line, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji Superia 400

6) Hankyu line, LOMO LC-A+, Fuji Superia 400

7) Sanyo Railway, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, unknown film

8) Sanyo Railway, Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, unknown film

9) Kintetsu Nara line, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji Natura 1600

10) Takaoka, Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji Superia 400



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