PLAYBOY: Have you ever used LSD or other so-called consciousness-expanding drugs?
KUBRICK: No. I believe that drugs are basically of more use to the audience than to the artist. I think that the illusion of oneness with the universe, and absorption with the significance of every object in your environment, and the pervasive aura of peace and contentment is not the ideal state for an artist. It tranquilizes the creative personality, which thrives on conflict and on the clash and ferment of ideas. The artist’s transcendence must be within his own work; he should not impose any artificial barriers between himself and the mainspring of his subconscious. One of the things that’s turned me against LSD is that all the people I know who use it have a peculiar inability to distinguish between things that are really interesting and stimulating and things that appear so in the state of universal bliss the drug induces on a good trip. They seem to completely lose their critical faculties and disengage themselves from some of the most stimulating areas of life. Perhaps when everything is beautiful, nothing is beautiful."
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Photographer Edward Cushenberry.
Cushenberry’s photographs suck the me in, kick me around and leave me spinning.
Situating himself in a classic documentary tradition, Cushenberry’s photographic choices feel dependent on story-telling & situation rather than pure aesthetics. nothing is static. crops and composition shift wildly from photograph to photograph. horizon lines zig-zag and then disappear into a tangle of clutter or blur. color palettes change with the time of day.
while many of his peers have gone the way of bright-white on-camera-flash and paper backdrops, scrutinizing the world with electronic light at f22, cushenberry’s work embraces shadow and the weirdness of ambient light. life is happening under fluorescent lamps and Cushenberry wants to capture it. all of it. the hectic and sensual story of family and city and friends, Edward Cushenberry wants to show it all. and so he does.
Fuck yeah, the homie Edward Cushenberry getting recognition for his provocative and poignant photography.