Postcard – The drawn-out moment
‘The punctum, then, is a kind of subtle beyond – as if the image launched desire beyond what it permits us to see: not only toward ’the rest’ of the nakedness, not only toward the fantasy of a praxis, but toward the absolute excellence of a being, body and soul together.’
Roland Barthes on the original Mapplethorpe picture
During my stay in England, I made a postcard from one of my self portraits.
The act of sending home this punctum, this “subtle beyond” made it possible for the addressees to encounter my real self, meanwhile allowing the “the rest” of my being, detached from its usual surroundings, to look within itself and take steps “toward the absolute excellence” of body and soul.