Durrell seems to be seeking a subtle way to convey the perception of a view, before suddenly landing a pin-hole camera lens as the right image.
But it was not a view that one ‘saw’ in the strict sense; it radiated over one, dancing in that brown heat, pouring into the eyes and spreading within the five senses – as light enters the pin-hole of a camera’s lens but floods the whole gelatine surface of the negative.
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Source: Lawrence Durrell, Reflections on a Marine Venus (London: Faber & Faber, 1960), p. 118
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