Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

About

Jim Thompson House, Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

I will post my writings and musings on art, culture, history, philosophy, aesthetics, literature, and life, among other things, in this blog. It’s a liberating feeling, to be able to write outside the confines of book articles and journals. This is the best part of blog writing for me.

My partner said that it is my love letter to the world and that I should say what I want here. I couldn’t agree more. I put my words out there, and I hope that even a small speck of the world would listen.

This blog is almost six years old now. It started as a repository of my notes, powerpoint presentations, and class records. It evolved so much that it is hardly recognisable from its origin. I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.

My personal photographs are almost always present in my posts, and I don’t see that part changing any time soon. I’ve stood behind the lens since I was a teenager. Though I’ve stopped lugging around a professional camera, as I want to participate in the moment more, I still take a lot of snapshots.

I’ve also posted my writings for my master’s classes here. At one point, I intended for this to be a portfolio. But I felt that it is too limiting, and there are already too many limitations that we have to live with. It’s about time to break barriers instead.

Writing in a blog is not necessarily something that goes against academic writing. Umberto Eco once wrote in Travels in Hyperreality that there should be no conflict, instead it is our responsibility to respond to social and political issues of the world thru popular channels. And I agree completely.

So now, I will post what I want. I will try to write it well, as best as I can. If I’m sending out a voice out there, it might as well be a meaningful one.

Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

3 comments on “About

  1. Carla Saunders
    September 3, 2012

    Hi there! I am nominating you for One Lovely Blog Award. You have a very good blog and I want others to know about you!
    Carla

    • Portia Placino
      September 3, 2012

      Oh my, thank you so much! I really am just trying to get a message out there. It makes me happy to meet people like you who appreciates what I write :) That sounds exciting.

  2. finkelstein
    May 6, 2015

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