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Turn Around, Bright Eyes
When I returned from this year's installment of the 20th Century Literature conference in Louisville, Kentucky, I brought back many photos worthy of sharing. I've been pretty circumspect about doing so, but the fact that I'm writing something about my experiences on that trip right now prompted me to "repurpose" one of my favorites, which my regular readers will probably remember, in order to make a point. Here's the photo:

What I like about the image is its serenity. There may be something seething underneath these cool surfaces, but one's first impression is of calm and solitude. But that impression was founded on an illusion. The room was actually quite loud. Between the concert blaring in the next room and the noise of conversations behind me, the only peace I found was a manufactured one. This is what I saw when I turned around:

Together, these two views comprised a diptych in time. I spent a long time looking back and forth between them. The more I think about it, the more I'm struck by the sense that the contrast was sublime. Sometimes it's merely a question of where you stand.

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kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: May 9th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Funny. I don't get serentity at all from the first photo. I get edgy, edge. Just goes to show that interpretation is in the eye of the beholder.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree that there's definitely a sense of something seething underneath. What I meant was that initially it looks like a quiet, empty place and that, for that reason, it contrasts sharply with the busy scene I could see when I turned around. But I'm glad you perceive the edginess in the first photo, which works, I think, because it becomes more complex the longer you look at it. Maybe that first photo is also a "diptych in time" then, which means there's a doubling of diptychs!
chrisglass From: chrisglass Date: May 9th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And within striking distance of the master of crop! That's the Keswick Democratic Club, 1127 Logan St., one block south of Logan's intersection w/ east-west thoroughfare Oak St.
pissang From: pissang Date: May 9th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You should share a photo of the "public art" you found in a U of L classroom.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I probably would have, despite the potential risk from a professional standpoint, but for the fact that the three photos all came out too blurry to see clearly.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: May 9th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The pictures didn't show up on my friends page until I clicked on the link to comment. I thought they were like the missing band that almost didn't show up for the concert.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Type Pad has been acting oddly of late. Sorry about that, even if the experience verged on the sublime!
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: May 9th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Heh heh.

I liked not seeing the photos right away.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I can understand that. Waiting, as per Tom Petty, may be the hardest part. But it makes things better when they finally arrive.
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