photo: Constantin Brancusi. Copyright : photo agency RMN
Why write? Why not just show the photographs?
—Brancusi quoted in Robert Payne, ‘Constantin Brancusi’, World Review, October 1949
Constantin Brancusi: Studio as Groupe Mobile and the Photo Radieuses
But our notebooks give us away, for however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable ‘I’. We are not talking here about the kind of notebook that is patently for public consumption, a structural conceit for binding together a series of graceful pensees; we are talking about something private, about bits of the mind’s string too short to use, an indiscriminate and erratic assemblage with meaning only for its maker.
—Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook, from Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 1968