How to engage with art

It is hard to appreciate art because we don’t really value the ephemeral so much. I notice it at concerts, people taking photographs and filming the acts on their little phones. Sadly, in the dark, these images are of poor quality – you can’t make out anything – and the sound is usually tinny. Even though I doubt the records we make are revisited very often, they’re somehow important. We know our memory fails. We want to prove to the world that we were there. But my experience of true appreciation involves embracing the ephemeral. This might be the one…

Women are Strong in Annie Leibovitz’s Photography

It’s encouraging, the way that feminism has been discussed more seriously and more widely in recent years. The coverage of issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, systematic disregard, the pay gap, and other manifestations of gender inequalities has become pervasive. When I open up the index of a major news website, one of those sites that seem to go on forever with headlines and headshots, there’s at least half a dozen stories about gender. Many websites even have dedicated content for these issues (Daily Life, Broadly, Femail, and so on). The statistics don’t lie about women’s disempowerment. Globally,…