Dispatches from the Wilds of Proseambique – “Shutter”

His eyes clicked and whirred. Focusing, zooming, refocusing, sharpening, enhancing. He had been blind at birth; a peculiar foible with which he had the temerity to persist until only recently, when new technology had made it possible for him to see, and, perhaps as recompense, to see better than most. Zooming, infra-red, recording and playback – he could even adjust the colour balance to make overcast days seem sunny. These extraordinary, exciting gifts of vision, which seemed almost like the bestowal of some ancient Greek god, had added an entire layer of existence on top of the world he already knew.

He took his new eyes with him everywhere. Watching, looking, leering, peering, peeping, peeking, glimpsing, glancing, gazing, goggling, gawking, staring, spotting, spying, surveying, discerning, ogling, beholding – he did it all, simply because he could.

Then, of course: the movies. Galleries. Museums. These temples of vision, heretofore mysterious and uninteresting, they stood before him, bold and naked, and declared; “Cameras and recording devices are not permitted within these premises.”

At least they let him read the signs.

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Published in: on February 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. WordPress really needs to start accepting OpenIDs. When I click on a link to comment on this from Google Reader, its most irritating that I have to give contact details every time.

    I like this one.

  2. Looks like the EYES have it! Ha ha ha ha!

  3. Looks like the EYES h…oh wait, I already did that one.

  4. Looks like the YOLK’S on you! Oh…hang on a sec. Sorry, would you be able to delete this, and then do a post on eggs?

  5. It’s like you predict the future!
    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/03/12/1236447354395.html
    Headline:
    Filmmaker plans to implant ‘bionic webcam’ eye
    Crazy.


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