Lucy – Thanks for the comment.

remarkably obtuse, not very clever, even unpleasant people

You can say that again!

using only beautiful people as models

Precisely. But seeing more deeply may produce a very different idea of what’s beautiful than a shallow, porn-like view. (Porn-like because the lust is wrapped up with a desire for mastery: I think this is sort of what feminist film critics mean by the male gaze.)

every good shot just looks like a postcard, and people are always wandering round photographing it

Imagine if one had never seen a picture of a sunset before, the photos one could take!

Bill – I think it’s safe to say you’ve done a lot more thinking about artists’ statements than I have. Good stuff! I like your point about the necessary inscrutability of them, and that’s a fun example. Thanks.