28 February, 2021

Khajuraho In Kilobytes: 'Video Captures Intimacy We Can’t Observe'

Video captures the intimacy we can’t observe during sex; it gives self-knowledge

Khajuraho In Kilobytes: 'Video Captures Intimacy We Can’t Observe'
outlookindia.com
2018-07-13T14:27:44+05:30

When we use a camera, we’re essentially saying: “My own eye is insufficient”. Photographs throw up details neither I nor the mirror can capture. And video offers a way to capture my most ­evanescent effects, the fine effects I live, that place of intimacy we hanker after—all that which is otherwise lost. The video also captures how much I feel in sexual intimacy. It’s too much for me to imagine how to begin observing it, to try to know myself. With a video camera, I create an observer. The self-conscious part of me ­retreats into that camera.

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