2008. március 3., hétfő

Through the Eyes of a Child


Today our labels had a child-like quality. This was initially accidental, but upon reflection entirely appropriate. Children are inevitably more receptive to their environment through a lack of experience. Even in our context - being in a foreign cityscape - a child has fewer preconceptions and is able to absorb more of the environment than an adult. Their thinking is less constrained by experience and familiarity and they are therefore more playful in their gaze. Through familiarity parts of our environment become invisible, but to a child everything is new. By labeling the familiar as something else, it is transformed and we have reverted back to the youthful gaze, more inquisitive and creative.

Labels like "Sand Pit" also create a contrast or an irony. By putting a child-like label on a dirty unkempt environment we are challenging its state. This in itself is childish - to boldly ask questions with no tact whatsoever.

The rest of today's images are in the Urban Labels section of our Flickr

1 megjegyzés:

shaun írta...

Hi Angus and Laura

By its very nature, part of the child's 'growing up' is defining its territory, making new definitions at every point - it goes back to that order thing, even at this early age they are compelled to impose order and understanding on the world. This initially starts with there immediate environment - mother, father, room, house etc. The house is the extent of their world, aand then this get extended as they venture into the outside world, at first mediated by the parents and then on a voyage of discovery of their own - as they get older. As we/they get older and so the parameters of our world grows. It is all about definitions. Your definitions are wrong, they evidently are not what they say they are, although they do share qualities of those things that you name. TO some extent they are a form of abstraction, all be it a subjective one. This is entirely what E H Gombrich talks about in 'Meditations on a Hobby Horse,' when he talks about how a chld will impose a reading of reality onto anything, e.g. a broom can be a horse in a child's game. The very fact that you are naming these objects means we are compelled to see the that thing in the object you have named. So the builders hut does become a Wendy House in this way. We read the text and look to this hut for qualities of Wendy House -ness.