When we see something, we are also not-seeing other things. Good writers see and make seen things others don’t.
- zoom in = “no ideas but in things,” “the devil is in the details” — the close-up, the bug’s-eye view
- zoom out = “always historicize,” “context is all” — the long shot, the bird’s-eye view
- pan = look elsewhere — the pan, the view from the corner of the eye
- montage = look again, a.k.a. the duck-rabbit — the match- or jump-cut, the blink
Of course, artists are just practising something we’re all capable of, pace Mr Munch . . .
Edvard Munch, Angst (1894). Oil on canvas, 94 x 73 cm. Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.
And again . . .
Edvard Munch, Angst (Paris: Vollard, 1896). Lithograph, painted in color. 41.4 x 39.1 cm. Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway.