Quotes (2) : Susan Sontag

I have been nominated by fellow photography blogger Angela Furtado (Shoot’nGo, Adventures  in Photography) to take part in a challenge to post my three favouritAventures e quotes (one each for three consecutive days). Thanks for the nomination, Angela!

I am not one for quotes, as a rule, but got looking at a few from famous photographers, and thought “why not?” with one caveat. I am meant to nominate 3 bloggers each day to take up the challenge, but like some others, I have decided to throw this open to anyone who wants to have a go… Cheating? Maybe..

So here is my quote for day 2:

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
― Susan Sontag

Time’s passage


  1. The building on the left looks like an old factory? Strange how the reason for creating such a place is no longer relevant and it’s left to decay or demolished, a bit sad as well. Your quote has reminded me of a post I did way back in the beginning of Lucid Gypsy, that I’m going to reblog!

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  3. poppytump

    Silced and open for scrutiny – an Englishmans castle . Where are they now comes to mind …
    Great record of the times Sue !

  4. Looks like some of that urban dereliction we talked about Sue. Nice quote from Ms Sontag too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Pete, it certainly is urban dereliction, but soon to have a facelift as luxury flats – what would the millers have thought! 😀

  5. Superb pic to accompany your chosen quote, Sue. 🙂 Perfect caption too.

  6. Greta quote and I love the photo Sue! Terrific colours and textures

  7. Looks like one of those bombed buildings you saw after the war with the wallpaper stillon the bedroom wall. Nice to know it will be restored rather than pulled down.

  8. Due for gentrification I see…well glad you got this one.

  9. Fab image Sue. And the perfect quote to illustrate your message.

  10. I loved Susan Sontag’s book On photography and I made copious notes as I was reading it, fully intending to write a counter-essay of my own. Guess what? Didn’t do it! Thank you for reminding me.your photo is a beauty.

  11. What a great image that is, Sue – it really fills the frame. That’s a profound statement on photography from Susan Sontag. Here’s a quote from Mark Twain: ‘You can’t depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus’.

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