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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Japan



I don't watch television. It's enough for me to view these images of the dreadful effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. But I feel ok about posting this one on my blog. It is one of the less horrific, more poignant and eerie: A car, a fish and a piano. Maybe Dali's most surreal art imitates life.

5 comments:

  1. I have to say it does make a rather good photograph despite the circumstances that created it. Dalis art imitating life? certainly!

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  2. An amazing set of photos but I can't help feeling there's something a little untoward about finding iconic images amidst all that pain.

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  3. Fair enough comment YP. An excuse/ explanation: perhaps it's a human way of reconciling oneself? Or maybe a way of distancing from horror? Or an innate drive to find the 'beauty'...? Or maybe I've been spending too long doing this 'Theory of Aesthetics' assignment!

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  4. I don't think you need an excuse or an explanation, Katherine.

    You have been close to the disaster of an earthquake recently and we (and possibly YP) have friends and acquaintances caught up in the aftermath of the Christchurch quake. I suspect even we, though, can't fully appreciate how it is to live in the situation day after day, week after week knowing that it will have an affect for months and years.

    However many of those who are living in that situation recognise that life goes on for those who remain.

    People have been producing and finding iconic images amongst many of the atrocities which left 100 million or so dead during the last century alone. Some of the most iconic of those images arose out of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those amongst all iconic images should have made us aware of the evil that we do.

    The posted image has resulted naturally from a natural disaster. We need iconic images to remind us. The ordinary images get lost in their ordinariness and we forget.

    Amongst death and pain life goes on. But remembrance goes on too. And iconic images are an important part of that remembrance.

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  5. Thank you Geeb. Yes, I can think of a lot of iconic images that epitomise sad events in our recent past.

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