The Original

“After we’ve seen so many copies of something over the years, the original stops us in our tracks. It takes our breath away. We’re not all experts who can stand before an original and understand it. Therefore, without copies in existence we wouldn’t understand originals. When we fall in love, we see everything as an original. We’re the ones pulling the wool over our own eyes. We inflate the value so much, and add so many zeros to it, that we can’t afford it ourselves. And when we can’t pay the price, we start eliminating, one by one the zeros on the price-tag. We discount the price. Then we arrive at the truth. The point here, which I truly believe, is that access to the original is out of reach for many of us. Therefore, we should value and appreciate a copy. That’s what’s important.”

– Abbas Kiarostami