Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bits

SIMON WATNEY: "No picture has a single meaning."

PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: Yesterday I wondered about the place of the blacksmith shop in the finished photo. Can a photo, in fact, forget its origin in a specific time, place, or subject and take on a language more often found in a painting. Though taken in the blacksmith's shop, this might have been anywhere and whatever feelings or thoughts it conveys have little to do with smithing or farming or even drill bits. I have no idea what it's about, can't put it into words, but in it I find mysteries which continue to resonate softly.

8 comments:

emery said...

Really liking the last few days' 'Today's'...I'm a sucker for anything a little bit mechanical. The way it's juxtaposed with nature, and buildings 'returning to nature' is particularly interesting.

Ted Roth said...

I'm delighted that the last group of images has brought you to the blog. We share a few instincts, you and I.

Trotter said...

Hi Ted! Black and Decker «avant la lettre»? Amazing...

Mexico waits for you at Blogtrotter 2. Have a great weekend!!

Ted Roth said...

I think both Black and Decker may have been in diapers when these drills were last used.

Trotter said...

Probably... ;)

Ted Roth said...

Actually, after I posted my reply, my wife checked and B&D goes back to the beginning of the century. I just learned this shop was built in 1904. I need to look for a cornerstone next time I'm there. I'm told there is one.

Trotter said...

So, maybe they were already around... Amazing!!

Ted Roth said...

Seems so.