Trading on the highs and lows of my life, those points where I find support and resistance while at the same time trying to consolidate into base where I can take some refuge, I feel like I have placed my options in a rubber condor where each time it seems in the money its actually just pulls back to where it started. Its Saturday again and again its time to fade my country and hedge my past.
Old shados aren’t forgotten, they just get unenlightened to return at another place, at another time, enlightened but only for a while.
The visual experience of looking at this image is interesting because of the contrast of the gestures, (shapes) and spaces between the more vertical elements, i.e. more vertical as a group than the shape made by the areas of sky and grass. You see two and one, even stronger because the man on the left is bending backward and pointing a sketchbook to extend himself. The man no the right looks uncertain, The two spaces between the men is visually dynamic which means it attracts the eye like an accident on the two lane separated highway slows down the other side—RUBBER NECKING.
This image was made at Days of Rage in Chicago, 1969, when the Weathermen split from SDS. I have always wondered if this guy was a cop. He looks a little like that well known guy from Syria. What gives him away to me is the jacket which would not have been in the clothes closet of most university students and more likely in the style of a blue color worker, a term which seems to have little meaning in our society of today. He doesn’t really look like he is there to “stop war” or get involved in a debate with the Weathermen about the use or non use of violence but then again who knows and its not my place to judge these things especially 48 years later.In fact the expression on his face looks like he is “working at a government job” just biding his time until five o’clock comes around so he can go do something he really wants to do.
And indeed, look at the two cops in plain clothes…
Three times makes habit, an old wives tale perhaps but always someone is in the middle and its often that its two against one. Perhaps the three I like best is the one in the old saying “Two Jews, three opinions.”
Can’t find your way, try not looking so hard, do it three times and it makes a habit
And while below would be the part most visually interesting to me, the texture of the houses contrasted to the the jacket, the image still needs the other parts on the top and bottom to visually work. What does this young man have to look forward to in his life and now when I show you this image he is probably receiving SSI. I wonder how he did.