Essays on The Unseen Eye Book Report/Review
A Review of William Ewing’s More than Meets the Eye The article written by William Ewing entitled More than Meets the Eye satisfactorily captured the core meaning and purpose of the W.M. Hunt’s photograph collection. Ewing accurately described how the visual and narrative contexts of the photographs have formed a movement, which is anti-portraiture in nature. Hunt’s insightful quest for expressive and haunting pictures has led to a compendium that successfully reminds an image of a person’s lifetime, with all the accompanying touches of sorrow, fear, sexuality, and memory. As described by Ewing, every photograph in the collection reveals an entity whose look and stare has been averted. At times the eyes are shielded entirely. Ewing is correct in his observation that the collection combines the ordinary and the extraordinary, and humour with misfortune.
Reading Ewing’s article makes one aware of the very purpose of Hunt in showcasing closed, covered, or averted eyes—it is a psychological ride that takes the one who sees to the mystery, virtue, and anonymity of humanity’s reality and experiences. Ewing’s descriptions of the book were interesting, provocative, and exciting. The images are bizarre and mind-boggling, and spellbinding and frightening at the same time. In summary, Ewing has successfully consolidated the insightful ideas of Hunt in a very brief introduction to the volume.
W.M. Hunt. Introduction. More than Meets the Eye. By William Ewing. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2011. Print.