Eating with the Eyes

I have just been to the launch of a book by Harry Pearce whose title Eating with the Eyes is based on a Japanese epigram ‘Me de taberu’.   The book, which consists essentially just of photographs, combined with very brief typographic reflections on the location of the image and its associations, is based on a Japanese belief that ordinary everyday objects – their colour, their texture and their degradation – are worthy of intense visual attention.   So, the photographs are of nothing obvious – backstreets, forgotten images, lost objects.   I love and admire it as a book and strongly recommend it.

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