Friday, 7 November 2008

American photography

I am a big fan of photography. I believe that in our fast paced world it is the most appropriate means of recording our eye view, the way we interpret the world around us, the way it is shaping us, our souls and minds.

I am therefore glad to have stumbled upon Everyone's In Love With You, a place full of what I see as quintessentially Urban American photography. No pinks, no frills. I absolutely love it. Have a taste in the pictures that follow.

On the blog there is coverage of the American election with some atmospheric yet very alive and natural pictures. I thought the following commentary by Tim Geary from Helena Firth-Powell's blog fitted nicely.

"It’s half past one and the streets are crowded with people,three deep on the sidewalk. New Yorkers have climbed on their roofsand on to their fire escapes, there’s dancing on the streets, dancingin front of cars. There’s the ceaseless noise of cheering, even -suddenly - bagpipes playing. Tonight, we even forgive the bagpipes.Every few seconds comes the blare of another car horn and morescreams of Obama, of Yes We Can, more whoops of utter joy.

I’ve been here, on and off, for more than 19 years through two Clinton victories, big wins for the Yankees and Knicks, a dozen ormore New Year’s Eves and nothing has been like this, nothing has comeeven close.

This is the sound of a city set free for the first timesince September 11, 2001. This is us exhaling at last. For eight years, New York has felt like another country. What counted forAmerica has been owned by others and governed for others. Everything the Bush Administration did with its exclusionary policies, itsbigotry and intolerance, its religious fascism, its economicarrogance was done to us, not for us.

Obama can’t solve everythingbut he has already made the greatest city in the nation feel like itbelongs to America again and he has made someone who has only been anAmerican for 5 years feel like he belongs for the first time. Up tonow, my belief in citizenship had been shaken by a question about what kind of country I had joined. By showing us the best of all ourselves, Barack Obama has silenced that doubt not just for me or forus in New York, but for millions of Americans who can have faith in America again".

1 comment:

Anrosh said...

you said it all. and you said it very well.

( came from hidden in france)

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