The camera sees everything at once. We don’t.
- David Hockney
Narcissism [consists] in the belief that one’s own being exceeds the imperfections [the image/appearance of one’s being]. Narcissism, then, seeks the self beyond the self-image… in which [the subject] constantly fails to recognize itself. What one loves in one’s image (“in you more than you”). Thus is narcissism the source of the malevolence with which the subject regards its image, the aggressively it unleashes on all its own representations [in others]. And thus does the subject come into being as a transgression of [the law]. It is not the law, but the fault in the law - the desire that the law cannot ultimately conceal - that is assumed by the subject as its own. The subject, in taking up the burden of the law’s guilt, goes beyond the law.
- Joan Copjec