William Wegman

film 29 of 46

Hidden Utensil

Film Review by Jul 15, 2015

Barthes, whom I’ve been citing, complains about how the caption domesticates or obliterates the ambiguous, multiplicitous photo image. Wegman, through the use of the hermaneutic code that Barthes also explicated (in other words, through a bit of strategical withholding and non-lethal suspense), turns that situation around. He demonstrates how captions can sharpen our perceptions and deepen our experience. While looking for what the connection might be, we notice all sorts of other things besides. This is a simpler, less crowded version of what Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo do. Finally, the eponymous utensil seems to be sentient. Again, he’s incorporating Hans Christian Andersen too.