Open your eyes,
turn your head,
direct your gaze and attention toward something.
You are looking, which is not the same as seeing.
Between looking and seeing there’s a gulf that sucks up likeness, actuality, will.
Seeing is conjugated as a personal verb. Deceptively. Because seeing parts company with subject, and with object – instituting only the image.
* Pictures 1 & 2: Scarlet Street, Fritz Lang, 1945 (all paintings in the film are by John Decker).
* Picture 3: Clairvoyance, René Magritte, 1936.