|-||portending to widespread devastation or ultimate doom, 'momento mori'|
|-||consisting of, relating to, or being in water|
|-||human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature|
|-||suggesting heaven or divinity|
|-||a building, especially one of imposing appearance or size|
|-||flowering, or state of flowering, the blooming of flowers; blowth|
|-||to be like|
|-||a living organism characterized by voluntary movement|
|-||the act of inhabiting|
|-||integrated in nature|
|-||the process, act, or faculty of perceiving|
|-||the Latin form of Greek Phoibos 'Shining-one'|
|-||from Italian popolaccio, rabble, augmentative of popolo 'the people'|
|-||relating to natural scenery|
|-||the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of a complex whole|
|-||high on the scale of brightness|
When using a dictionary, either to find a word or to decipher one’s meaning you are signing up, in part, to Saussure's 'theory of the sign'. This theory, in which he defined a sign as being made up of the matched pair of signifier (word) and signified (referent). For example whilst the letters 'h-o-r-s-e' spell horse (word), they do not embody 'horseness' (referent). For what is a horse? The online free dictionary defines a horse as: A large hoofed mammal having a short-haired coat, a long mane, and a long tail, domesticated since ancient times and used for riding and for drawing or carrying loads. Therefore would a horse which has lost its tail automatically become an unhorse and signify something new? Not in my mind.
Close your eyes now, imagine a horse.
In contrast to Plato's idea that notions are eternally stable, Saussure argues that even root concepts are malleable. The signifier is more stable whereas the signified varies greatly, for example between each specific tail.
Truly it is or Truly it is or Truly it is a horse?
The word (signifier) is NOT God and far from it, it is merely a weak agent of communication that at once collapses the ‘horseness’ of a horse through the loss of its tail and over reverrence to such a weak offering of the truth may well defeat humanity.
In conceiving this website in 1999 I embodied this idea and choose the 16 signifiers, the galleries above each of which is signified with 16 images from my travels and experiences from 1995 through 2012. I started with a nice snappy Olympus in India in 1995, lost a better Cannon to the Sahara Desert. I then got more serious with the well loved AE-1 Cannon. Then went nuts in Bulgaria and Taiwan once I discovered some cheap 1.6 megapixel camera in 1999. Been through a few cameras and a few countries more since then, now shooting with a Nikon D5100 and still occasionally the AE-1.
I am currently living in Barcelona, Spain.
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