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Hallowed camp #8

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the eighth in the series, this one by Wright Marion Morris.

Wright Morris
Straight Back Chair, The Home Place, Near Norfolk, Nebraska, 1947

A while ago I wrote a short post on Morris here.

Hallowed camp #7

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the seventh in the series, this one by Sally Mann.

Sally Mann, Untitled 1978

I often gaze at this image. It is a picture of the ‘Bridge on Tallahatchie’, the river where Emmett Till’s corpse was recovered. Unfortunately the reproduction above does not do the picture justice. Sally Mann’s wonderful book ‘Thousand Crossings’ has this picture beautifully rendered.

For the rationale behind this series see here.

Hallowed camp #6

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the sixth picture, this one by Shore.

The pictures in this series have stopped me and made me think. I am drawn to looking down the length of streets, bridleways, paths …

Presidio, Texas, 1975; Stephen Shore

Hallowed camp #5

Today, it is difficult to catch the sense of pioneering playfulness that existed in the early days of what we now call  Modernism. On visiting the Bauhaus Museum in Berlin a few years ago, I was struck by the scale of creativity of those years, inspired, I was told, by Friedrich Schiller’s “On the Aesthetic Education of Man”, in which play is the force that makes creativity possible.

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