Notebook, 1993-



"Observation is a stepping back or a distancing of oneself from the subject. It is the photographic practice that is most commonplace. Subjects appear to have been found or come upon quickly, rather than contrived or constructed. The spontaneous experience itself is photographed." [Minor White Retrospective, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, February, 1991]

C O N S I D E R:





Regard with attention so as to see or learn something

Pronouncement/enunciation, articulation, deliverance, announcement, authoritative statement, recitation, utterance - to declare something to be as specified

State by way of comment


To keep or maintain in one's action, conduct, etc.

Obey, comply, conform to

To Show regard for

Ceremony - observe a holiday

To Notice

To act as an observer

Discover, detect

Witness - pay strict attention to what one sees or perceives

To be attentive to something seen, heard, etc.

To consider carefully

To watch steadily

Witness, formerly to be present when something was happening - has added the idea of having observed with sufficient care to be able to give an account as evidence

Follow, fulfill

Celebrate, keep

R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
Observation [ME observe(n) < MF observe(r) < L observare to watch, regard, attend to - ob- OB- + servare to keep, save, pay heed to] [< L observation- (s. of observation) = observat(us) (ptp. of observater, OBSERVE) + -ion- -ION] 1. The act or an instance of noticing or perceiving. 2. the act or an instance of regarding attentively or watching. 3. the faculty or habit of observing or noticing. 4. notice: to escape a person's observation. 5. the act or an instance of viewing or noting a fact or occurrence for some scientific or other special purpose. 6. the information or record obtained by such an act. 7. something that is learned in the course of observing things. 8. a remark, comment, or statement. 9. the condition of being observed. 10. Navig. the measurement of the altitude or azimuth of a heavenly body for navigational purposes. 11. Obs. observance, as of the law. -Syn. 3. attention. 8. pronuncement. See remark.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House,1968.]



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