…the lens can function as a shield between you and the world, when the world’s just a little too much to bear. If you can’t stand to look at the world directly, maybe it’s possible to look at it through the viewfinder.

Emily St. John Mandel

I’m nearly halfway through Emily St. John Mandel’s followup1 to Station Eleven and made a note of the above quote which left me thinking about the ways we see the world. It feels like so much of what we see is now through a lens. Sometimes one in our hand, but more often through those belonging to others. Sometimes this might make it possible to see parts of the world we can’t otherwise bear, but conversely, what then aren’t we seeing?

Footnotes

  1. p68 The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, 2020 Vintage Books