Friday, March 27, 2009

Justine, Lawrence Durrell

Hey folks.... This one was tough. I had problems getting the people I needed to execute my idea's and have made some compromises to make it all happen and keep moving. The passage itself is tough. I find my interpretations really take two very different approaches to "Love". Despite the struggles to achieve these two visuals, I am very happy with the results. Since the images are completely different in defining "love", I put them into two separate posts below. Please comment, I value them all. As I like to say Love it or hate it, let's debate it. Thanks for continuing to be my companion on these visual journey's.

Justine by Lawrence Durrell

"And all this brings me back to myself, for I too have been changing in some curious way. The old self sufficient life has transformed itself into something a little hollow, a little empty. It no longer answers my deepest needs. Somewhere deep inside a tide seems to have turned in my nature. I do not know why but it is towards you my dear friend, that my thoughts have turned more and more of late. Can one be frank? Is there friendship this side of love which could be sought and found? I speak no more of love-the word and its conventions have become odious to me. But is there a friendship possible to attain which is deeper even, limitlessly deep, and yet wordless, idealess? It seems somehow necessary to find a human being to whom one can be faithful, not in the body (I leave that to the priests) but in the culprit mind? But perhaps this is not the sort of problem which will interest you much these days. Once or twice I have felt the absurd desire to come to you and offer my services in looking after the child perhaps. But it seems clear that you do not really need anybody any more, and that you value your solitude above all things.."

6 comments:

Ashley said...

"Wow Bill, this is a great photo. It really shows a visual journey. I think it is really well executed. Oh and in the other picture "She loves me...." I spy your artwork from another exhibit!"

Frieda Babbley said...

Is this quote from the mouth of a man or Justine?

Bill Zuback said...

I have no idea, I didn't read the book? Hopefully someone else can answer.

Frieda Babbley said...

Found out a little bit at http://us.penguingroup.com/static/rguides/us/justine.html From what I read, it confirms my ideas about it. You know either one would work. I was first drawn to the loves me loves me not. But the one of Justine is so powerful. Both offer the idea of no definite answers and so many sides and possibilities.

Naomi said...

I had to read the passage a couple of times to figure it out. The narrator talks about change, and I think the doll photo might express that more, but I prefer She Loves Me/She Loves Me Not. The guy is stuck in a rut of obsession (is that redundant? I mean, do we ever bring anything new to our obsessions?), and maybe he's overly faithful to one person (or idea). And the last sentence ("you value your solitude above all things") makes love seem more abstract than concrete. Which is a long-winded way of saying that I like this second photo better.

Bill Zuback said...

It is a tough passage. All my energy started with the "She Loves me..." image but I kept doubting the image and came up with the "Justin e" image. I like them both for different reasons but I am leaning toward "Justin e" as my final selection. As always, thanks for your honesty and insight Naomi.