When You Buy a Vivian Maier Photo, You Buy Her Life, Not Her Work

Maier took photos as a hobby for most of her life, but her talent was discovered just before she died—and today, it’s the romantic story consumers project onto her art that fuels her acclaim.

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Never heard about her before watching Finding Vivian Maier yesterday. Fascinating story and photography! Must-see.


A sad clown photographed by Vivian Maier 


Camping moment from last summer in Finland - Imgur


DRIVE HOME [Song meaning]

In Steven Wilson’s own words:

The song is based on a story but one that wasn’t mine; it was suggested to me by the guy [Hajo Mueller] who was illustrating, doing the artwork and the book. The idea is about a couple driving along in a car at night, very much in love; the guy is driving, and his partner or his wife or girlfriend or whoever she is, is in the passenger seat, and the next minute she’s gone.

The guy is going crazy: What happened? Where did she go? He does all the obvious things: looks under the seats, stops and checks the road, all of that. The song is basically about missing time; it’s the idea of blocking out time because of something so traumatic that you literally remove it from your mind.

The story ultimately winds up with the ghost of the partner coming back, years later, and saying, I’m going to remind you now what happened that night. There was a terrible car accident, and she died, etcetera, etcetera and again, the idea of trauma leading to a missing part of this guy’s life. He can’t deal with the reality of what happened, so he blocks it out like taking a piece of tape and editing a big chunk out of it. It’s a sad, very beautiful song about loss.

It has an extraordinary guitar solo. Guthrie’s playing is just sublime. That, for me, is the memory of this song. I had done a solo on the demo, knowing that I wanted an anthemic, epic solo at the end. In the studio, we did four or five takes, and each time Guthrie would reinvent the idea of what the solo could be like.

The particular solo we chose was either the first or the second one. It was so inspiring and had such a beautiful sense of logic and storytelling to it. It’s one take, unedited, and it’s just unbelievably brilliant. And it’s improvised as he didn’t plan anything. It was such a moving experience to hear him play it. I was almost in tears.

“Fear can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy. If you’re afraid you don’t commit yourself to life completely; fear makes you always, always hold something back. You shouldn’t be alone. It’s killing you; it’s undermining you. All the time, every day, you should be somewhere with people.”

Jason Taverner.

Flow My Tears The Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick.

(via thepkdickhead)

“Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
— Philip K. Dick (via scifi-fantasy-horror)