Chance Juxtapositions

Edward S. Curtis: Chief Garfield – Jicarilla /Russell James, Natural Beauty.

Edward S. Curtis: Chief Garfield – Jicarilla  |  Russell James, Natural Beauty.

Copyright by respective photographers both images above

Edward Curtis “Shadow Catcher”

Russell James “Celebrity Sittings”

Two different results from essentially the (it seems) same starting point…. documentary projects of sorts of relative importance.

Darwin, without the car…

Robert Adams_Frame for a Tract House

“Frame for a Tract House, Colorado Springs, Colorado”
1969 – © Robert Adams

“Something had to change,” he added. “You just can’t keep going with that many cars.” – source

Same might be said for houses (sprawl)…

Instead of feeling deprived of having a new car every other year (the marketing of personal identity wrapped up in the car one owns – needs a new twist – like the obnoxious “I own the road” Tahoe driver… we all hate them really don’t we?) –    one might feel freedom…  The car as a form of personal transportation is both a blessing and a curse – – obviously, now we must find alternatives that have less impact…

I wonder what (or if) Robert Adams would have found “The New West” – without the car.  Would Robert Frank have been able to make  “the Americans” ?

Memorial to the days of 48 Stars…

Robert Frank, Parade-Hoboken, New Jersey

Parade—Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955 – Robert Frank
Photograph © Robert Frank, from The Americans

(Robert Frank, American, b. 1924 in Switzerland)

Jasper Johns, Flag

Flag. 1954–55  – Jasper Johns (b. 1930)
Encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood (three panels)
42 1/4 x 60 5/8″ (107.3 x 154 cm)

As I notice the appearance of the United States flag on Memorial Day these two works always come to mind.