There are many shots of this famous memorial in Central Park to John Lennon. But I am posting my version of it today for a couple of reasons.
To begin with, it was taken in the Fall of 2008, seven years after 9/11. Americans had just elected their first black president two days earlier and the whole nation, even the world, seemed giddy with delight at the prospect of getting beyond "the Bush years" and into a bright new future, which they felt for once they had determined themselves.
I had photographed the memorial before, but on November 6th, two days after the presidential election, it was decorated with flowers that formed a peace symbol, turning it into a new message, "imagine peace."
I think we really could imagine peace back in 2008. Five years later, however, it seems our fears and the realities of day to day life too often stop us from using our imagination.
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goodwill (4879) 2013-09-13 8:48
I love the presentation both with the image as well as with the notes.
This is a quality shot, simple but elegant.The last line of your notes impresses me the most''it seems our fears and the realities of day to day life too often stop us from using our imagination.''
Imagination is more powerful the knowledge, I sincerely believe, kristin.
holmertz (31618) 2013-09-13 10:08
This picture looked remarkable among the thumbnails for its bright colours and contrasts and graphic strength. That impression remains as I see it at full size. Though bright and beautiful it tells a melancholy message of death and disappointments. While Obama still retains the image of basically a good guy, at least in Europe, his unability to "change" anything at all has left millions frustrated. We can only seek some solace in the fact that McCain or Romney by all means would have been worse. And John Lennon would have been 73 in a few months. Would that have suited him?
A fine picture, regardless of everything else.
At least I'm going for vacations for a couple of weeks, so TE will more or less have to do without me for a while.
krzychu30 (12895) 2013-09-14 3:48
magnificent picture in many aspects!
Firstly-it has really superb graphics.Just love the combination of B&W cobblestone memorial and red flowers formed in peace symbol.
Secondly-I like the story you described in your note and how differently we can look at the same thing and like I wrote how many different aspects we can perceive in it.
Beautiful and evocative image!
Have a nice weekend
macondo (18461) 2013-09-17 6:08
Thanks for the interesting and thought-provoking note, which - to me, anyway - reminds yet again of the inevitable disappointment produced by all politicians, despite our occasional ephemeral bursts of foolish optimism. I was reminded of the line in FDR's inauguration speech, once mentioned by Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, that Americans in 1932 had 'nothing to fear but fear itself'. In reality, sad to say, the art of politics consists mostly of the careful stirring up of fears, followed by the presentation of simplistic and usually nasty solutions at the expense of some group or another; it's always 'them' rather than 'us' where the demons lie. Too much propaganda crushes the imagination.
Enough of all that - better quite while I'm behind, eh! It's a very well taken photo, timeless really and a good choice. You got the angles and balance, placement of the centre-piece, just right back in 2008.
maloutim (9519) 2013-09-17 11:30
A very beautiful shot of this memorial to Peace !
Indeed, Peace is a dream that doesn't seem to come true !
And yet, we must keep hoping, and bring Peace to our own little world as often as we can !
tatadalou (4117) 2013-09-17 13:42
Nice capture of this free expression work. The flower petals stand out well on this black and white floor.
EstudioChispa (1754) 2013-09-20 8:59
You hit me in a soft spot with John Lennon. But first, let me admire and compliment your composition here. I have got to learn to get out of the mindset of looking square-on at things!
John... what a life, what a tragedy (in several ways), and what a legacy. Let's just talk about "Imagine." As a protest song, it is PERFECT -- he's not ranting, he's not proselytizing, he's making a simple and humble request, that we just IMAGINE... And oh, my, the things he asked us to imagine... in the American midwest in October 1971, it was wholly heretical to "imagine there's no countries," or "no religion," and downright communistic to suggest "no possessions." Two generations later, the wisdom of these concepts is painfully clear to many of us.
Final footnote -- I'm always struck by a remark I read in an interview, that John thought the best song he ever wrote was "Help!"
dale54 (5757) 2013-10-10 10:00
hello kristin..i like this photo,with these bright flowers against the b&w BG,nice work! dale
sdnpicz (195) 2013-10-26 22:46
Liked your note!
About this photograph.... awesome composition and point of view. well done!