I remember meeting somebody from a German electronic band who shall remain nameless and he said, “I am after the perfect sine wave.” The interesting thing is, the least interesting sound in the universe probably is the perfect sine wave. It’s the sound of nothing happening. It’s the sound of perfection, and it’s boring. As David Byrne said, heaven is a place where nothing ever happens. Distortion is character. In fact, everything we call character is the deviation from perfection, so perfection to me is characterlessness.
Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) is an American photographer and member of Magnum Photos. I don’t really know much about Zoe and i probably couldn’t tell you which photos are taken by her if they flashed in front of me, unless, we were talking about her Instagram photos. In which case, i could tell you exactly which ones are hers. I started following Zoe a little while back and for ages i never saw a picture of hers come up in my feed. She doesn’t have that many followers either, considering she’s in Magnum. Then i started to wonder if i was following the wrong Zoe Strauss. I wasn’t. I had no idea what was going on. There’s images of everything and nothing. I still don’t know what’s going on. And that’s what i love about it. Most of her pictures seem to somehow revolve around her studio in Philadelphia, called “Homestead”. Others are simply figments of things that she see’s around. They are powerful because they are raw and simple and seem to be figments of her world. If you don’t follow her. Check her out at http://instagram.com/zoestrauss_1