: in the scopic field, the gaze is outside, I am looked at, that is to say I am a picture.



“I must, to begin with, insist on the following: in the scopic field, the gaze is outside, I am looked at, that is to say, I am a picture.

This is the function that is found at the heart of the institution of the subject in the visible. What determines me, at the most profound level, in the visible, is the gaze that is outside. It is through the gaze that I enter light and it is from the gaze that I receive its effects. Hence it comes about that the gaze is the instrument through which light is embodied and through which—if you will allow me to use a word, as I often do, in a fragmented form -- I am photo-graphed.”


― Jacques Lacan, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis



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