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.