I consider myself to be a digital hoarder of sorts; to create an outlet for my photography collecting, I started this Tumblr. The title of this blog is a Walker Evans reference, who once told some students, “I think artists are collectors, figuratively. I’ve noticed my eye collects.” I hope for The Eye Collects to be reflective of my photographic tastes, curation, art direction, and editing tendencies. In a way, this blog will be a virtual sketchbook: things I’m looking at, envying, thinking about, and sitting with. The content of these posts is what ultimately informs my own work and processes, which can still be seen on You and Me Chasing Paper: terintalarico.com/blog
During his time at Yale, Papageorge has transmitted to generations of his photographers the notion that, while “photography is fiction” and “there are no truths in a photograph,” the best images are always created from reality. For Papageorge, one cannot dream of more perfect, more telling, or more ridiculous images than one can find in real life, Kareszi said, adding that this philosophy is particularly evident in Papageorge’s photographs.
Unlike the period when one had to learn technique and train from the youngest age, today no one masters technique any more at all. Painting has become so easy – anyone can do it! – that it’s often very bad. In this context, as soon as someone knows technique, it jumps out at the viewer. That said, for me technique is something obvious: it’s never a problem. I’ve just remained extremely attached to a culture of painting. What’s much more important to me is the attempt, the desire to show what I want, in the best way possible. That’s why technique is useful for me. For me, perfection is as important as the image itself.