“To live in a place… and to see from there as far as you can”

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Wendell Berry:

To live in a place and have your vision confined by it would be a mistake. But to live in a place and try to understand it as a standpoint from which to see, and to see from there as far as you can, is a proper challenge I think.

The limits of a camera is that it’s always looking through a frame. There’s certain things that you can’t show, that living eyes can see. To determine where to set that lens, where it’s gonna look from, requires imagination.

From the documentary Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky.1 As of this posting, the film is available via PBS’s Independent Lens.

  1. The names attached to this are pretty remarkable: Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, Nick Offerman…

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