Sensory Experience of Perception


“I remember only ideas and sensations.” (Ulysses, the Corrected Text, page 7.) 

I’m sure I read this passage the two or three times I set out to read Ulysses. I didn't notice it, however, until I heard it read aloud recently. I was struck by how it treats ideas and sensations as aspects of knowing, and how knowing is entangled with and informed by the sensory experience of perception.

Perceptions are the results of sensation. Ideas are the products of cognition

Experiencing place is a complex multilayered experience. My earliest memories of place help me recall what I was feeling at the time, sounds — what people were saying, music, birds, traffic, animals, also smells, taste, weather. 

Visual memories are my primary source of access to experiences of place. These are interwoven with knowledge acquired through study and travel.

My artistic  and intellectual work is refracted through an amalgam of fragments from the various categories of knowledge of place.


I very much like being in Zürich. It is visually and culturally engaging.  












            The Limmat where it flows into  the Zürichsee

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Aix en Provence

This is where Cézanne lived and worked. I found it compellingly, almost painfully, beautiful. It was apparent that Cézanne was less interested in depicting beauty than he was in rearranging the compositional elements of what he was looking at, in order to achieve visually satisfactory paintings.

In the third week of October 2018, I visited Cézanne’s studio, and  the quarry Bibémus where he also painted. When I observed the subjects  of various paintings from the locations where he had made them, I could understand Cézanne’s reorganization of the optical reality of the motifs much more clearly than was apparent from looking at prints and photographs. 

 Mont Sainte Victoire  from a place where Cezanne painted it


I took the above photograph in the Bibémus Quarry standing on the spot designated as the location where the artist made the painting.

Erle Loran took the photograph below, sometime before its publication in the April, 1930, edition of The Arts (p. 528). He included it in the 1959 second edition of “Cézanne's Composition” (p. 60). Loran's caption appears to the right, beneath the caption for the illustration of the painting.

The photograph also appears, on page 501, of the first volume of Rewald's catalogue resonné of Cézann's work, published in 1998. The caption reads, “Motif for No. 837. (Photograph John Rewald, circa 1935)”.



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Our youngest son, Malcolm, in Paris. 


Quarry at Bibémus

Making my own photograph of Mont Sainte Victoire where Professor Loran photographed the mountain, and where Cézannee painted it, amplified Loran's description of  Cézanne's departure from depiction in favor of abstraction.








Mt. Sainte Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry.

Painted by Cézanne in 1897, it resides in the Baltimore Museum of Art. The image is in the Public Domaine.

“This view of the motif is a composite of two photographs. Small trees now obscure most of the mountain form this point, and it was necessary to cut them away (in the photograph) and insert a view of the mountain from a position slightly to the right the combination is presented in the interest of clarity only and is in no way intended to fortify the arguments of the analysis.”

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For the last forty years I have spent part of every summer in Montana.

                                     Looking west across Flathead Lake





The Mountains of California

Angeles National Forest-Highway 39, Angeles Crest Highway, Highway 2, Cajon Pass, Mount Wilson Trail, Mount Baden Powell, Old Baldy, Mount San Antonio, Pine Beatles.

 The Sierra Nevada - Owens Valley, Yosemite, Mount Whitney.

 My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir; Up and Down California: The Journal of William H. Brewer, The Thousand Mile Summer, Yosemite Trails, J. Smeaton Chase. 

Coastal California 

Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana; California Coast Trails, J. Smeaton Chase.

 Belmont Shore in 1946 and 1947.

 New Mexico -- Toddler on the ranch, summers in Santa Fe, Uncle Howell's dude ranch, “The Lazy Ray”, near Jemez Springs, The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Taos Moderns: memories of what I have seen, read, and experienced.


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