Sunday, November 26, 2006

Our latest devil

The American media has lost its way in Iraq. What began so fortuitously almost four years ago, with cruise missiles, swaggering struts across aircraft carriers, mushroom clouds, and "al-Qaeda," has devolved into a very messy and difficult-to-explain sectarian struggle with no clear imperative to continued U.S. occupation.

Enter the sandman, our newest Darth Vader. Not six months after the death of our most recent devil, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mainstream media is apparently beginning to redefine the conflict as an apocalyptic clash between the Good, and Moqtada al-Sadr. Will Americans notice the sleight-of-hand as one vaguely Arabic name is substituted for another? Probably not, as long as the real devils who instigated this war--the neocons and other assorted militants, their lackies and apologists, in both American parties--escape unpunished.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Atlanta at night, 1986

Atlanta at night, 1986
Originally uploaded by an0nym0usmuse.
While digging through some of my old CD-R's, I found some scans of negatives I did a while back, including some black and whites of Atlanta that I did twenty years ago. After a little doctoring in Picasa, I decided that they weren't half-bad. I wish I could do more like this. Twenty years later, I visited Atlanta and tried to replicate my earlier work, but couldn't. The moment had passed, and I had moved on. I have never been able to duplicate anything I've ever done; I've only been able to photograph something new.