“When I was in school, I wanted to be W. Eugene Smith. He was a legendary staffer at Life, a consummate photojournalist, and an architect of the photo essay. He was also kinda crazy. That was obvious when he came to lecture at Syracuse University and put a glass of milk and a glass of vodka on the lectern. Both were gone at the end of the talk. He was taking questions and I was in the front row, hanging on every word. Mr. Smith, is the only good light available light?” came the question. He leaned into the microphone. “Yes,” he baritoned, and paused. A shudder ran through all of us. That was it! No more flash! God’s light or nothing!
But then he leaned back into the mic, “By that, I mean, any &*%%@$ light that’s available.”
I thought this quote was an excellent lead in to the pictures I shot at St John The Divine yesterday. They have an extraordinary exhibit, Phoenix: XU Bing at the Cathedral, that will be up through 2014. These are two 12 ton sculptures suspended from the ceiling each constructed of debris from a building site.
Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star
Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like when you’re older must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is round. So many ways to go, so many directions that one can take…
Last summer season…a sun at Union Square Greenmarket
This spring season…St John the Divine, stained glass windows over the entrance
Other ways to a round:
So here we go, post #1001!
I was going to do the river but I will have a lot of those over the next two days as Katherine is doing the 10th Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim swim tomorrow!
The weekly photo challenge is: Masterpiece.
As it happens before I knew that the challenge was masterpiece, I spent part of the afternoon wandering around a masterpiece which is filled at the moment with a masterwork. I had been meaning to go to the Cathedral Church of St JohnThe Divine for several months to see Jane Alexander’s installation: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope) since I first read about it in April. It closes on Monday so I thought I had better get my rear in gear and go. FYI: This Jane Alexander is not the famous US actress and head of the NEA but the famous South African artist. Her work is challenging to begin with but seen in this context is perhaps even more powerful.
A brief (very) tour…
As always, links to a few other views I enjoyed. Sadly there is not enough time to see all the viewpoints…
However before we get there, I was trolling the internet last night and came upon what I feel is a musical pop song masterpiece. Now first off you must know that I hate the musical Evita and loathe the song Don’t Cry For Me Argentina so imagine my surprise when I heard this version and said: “damn that is good”…
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