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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about – Oscar Wilde

“It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” is a quote from A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The quote refers to the upper classes who need an admiring audience. However, we mere mortals are also talked about if we get involved in the community in some way. The question is, do people say good things about us or bad things? Last year, quite a few bad things were said about me, things have improved since then. I care less what people think now anyway, so it doesn’t much matter what they say!

Oscar Wilde

Useless art

“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
All art is quite useless.”
– Oscar Wilde.

Of course, my art is quite useless. I had half a dozen pictures in an exhibition but what use are pictures really but something to be looked at and admired? I do try, though, to strike a chord with  my images. To illicit a memory or an emotion or even to spark a new idea. Both my art cards were of pubs and my next ones will be pubs too. Not exactly classic art is it? The images do trigger a conversation though, at least on social media. I have considered whether my photography could have a useful purpose in helping people in the early stages of dementia to remember places and things too. Maybe art can be useful?

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde appears to me to be someone who didn’t quite fit into the society he found himself part of. He wanted to stand out and needed to be talked about. He had a gift with language and was undoubtedly very talented. It was a great pity he died so young. He did get recognition and most people want recognition. I suppose art, of which photography is a part, is mostly about recognition. We all like to be useful, even if being useful is producing useless art!

Writing

If art doesn’t have a practical purpose, so too does much of what we write. We write to obtain recognition by entertaining in some way. We can write to inform but much of what is written is written to entertain or influence. Writing is an art, too.

Denigrate

Artists denigrate and put down their work because they know themselves that it has no useful purpose but Oscar Wilde tended to do the opposite. He was more flamboyant and likely to praise his own work. We sometimes see artists do both. Perhaps he was flamboyant and positive about his work in public and described it as so much crap in private? That is quite common in most artists.

Anyway, having written over 500 words of, so much crap. I’ll end by saying you can subscribe to my blog by entering your email address at the top of the sidebar. You can also follow me on Twitter for links to my latest posts. Those links are also on my Facebook page. I’ll be writing another Sunday ramble tomorrow!

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