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English to Danish


Source text:

All travel is now merely a means of moving a camera from place to place, all travellers are ruled by the all-powerful lens. Visitors old-fashioned enough to wish only to stand and look with their anachronistic eyes are shoved aside by the photographers, who take it for granted that while they do their ritual focusing, nothing else may move or cross their vision. Those peculiar souls without a camera must step aside for those more properly occupied, must wait while the rituals take place, and must bide their time while whole coaches stop and unleash upon the landscape the Instamatic God. And the populations of whole countries seeing themselves cannibalised, swallowed up, vacuumed into the black-ringed staring eye, wrench what they can from the cannibals. You want picture my house, my camel? You pay.

None of this would matter, perhaps, if anything worthwhile was being accomplished. If all the constant busyness and clicking produced, at its end, what had not existed before, images of beauty captured or truth told. But, sadly, this isn't so. The camera is simply graffiti made respectable.

The camera is the means by which we stamp ourselves on everything we see, under cover of recording the Wonders of the World already wonderfully
recorded by professionals and on sale at every corner bookshop and newsagent. But what use to show Aunt Maud, back home, postcards of the Tuscan landscape, since we are not in the picture to prove that we were there?

No stretch of rocks has verity unless I am within it. No monument exists
but for my wife, leaning against it. No temple is of interest without my face beside it, grinning. With my camera I appropriate everything beautiful, possess it, shrink it, domesticate it, and reproduce it on my blank sitting-room wall to prove to a selected audience of friends and family the one absolutely vital fact about these beauties: I saw them, I was there, I photographed them, and, ergo, they are.

from "Amateur Photography: the World as it isn't and our Fred" by Jill Tweedie in the Guardian

Entry #2512 - Points: 0
Kyster (X)
At rejse handler i dag kun om at flytte et kamera fra ét sted til et andet: Alle rejsende er den almægtige linses undersåtter. De besøgende, der er gammeldags nok til blot at ønske at stå at kigge med deres utidssvarende øjne, bliver skubbet til side af fotografer, som tager det for givet, at intet rører sig eller bevæger sig gennem deres synsfelt, mens de udfører deres stille-skarpt-ritualer. De mærkværdige kameraløse sjæle må gå til side for de, der er optaget af noget vigtigere Show full text

Entry #3461 - Points: 0
At rejse er nu blot en måde at bevæge sit kamera fra sted til sted, for alle rejsende ligger under for den almægtige linse. Besøgende, som er så gammeldags, at de kun ønsker at stå og betragte verden gennem deres anakronistiske øjne, skubbes væk af fotograferne, for hvem det er en selvfølge, at ingen må bevæge sig eller krydse deres synsfelt, imens de foretager deres rituelle indstillinger. De sære mennesker uden et kamera må vige pladsen for anderledes flittige folk med retten på Show full text

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