The Gaze of poet Charles Baudelaire

What do you see when you look into these eyes?charles baudelaire, poet, paris

It’s a portrait of Charles Baudelaire by √Čtienne Carjat.

Baudelaire wasn’t the biggest fan of photography. After its invention in the mid-1800’s, the recognized poet denounced the medium as a true art form.¬† As documented in the book Baudelaire, Man of His Time, he was quoted as saying, that for photography:
“its real purpose…is that of being the servant to the sciences and arts.” He’s also the same individual who said,
“What is art? Prostitution.”

I stare at this photograph every day.  It hangs in the entryway to my bedroom.