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  •  What a picture.... (8+ / 0-)

    Sitting on top of that car in that great outfit.   They certainly went through tough times.  

    They're asking for another four years -- in a just world, they'd get 10 to 20 ~~ Dennis Kucinich

    by dkmich on Sun Apr 05, 2009 at 02:45:23 PM PDT

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    •  Reminded me of Georgia O'Keeffe (2+ / 0-)

      She was driving around in a Model A in the early 1930s in New Mexico, stopping and painting from her back seat.  I know I've seen a photo of her with the car, but after googling for a while the best I come up with tonight is this one, of her inside the car:

      and this famous one of her hand on a V8 hubcap that Stieglitz took:


      Although Dorothy Norman took O’Keeffe’s place in the passionate intimacy of Stieglitz’s life, and O’Keeffe began to winter far away in New Mexico, they spent summers together each year at Lake George. By now she was travelling through New Mexico in an A Model Ford, with the back seat removed and converted into a mobile art studio. Her freedom seems to have fascinated Stieglitz, who photographed O’Keeffe’s hands, once again almost as abstract framing, caressing the wheel-covers of a V-8 car. The triumph of man over the energy of machines is an important part of both their work, but O’Keeffe’s hands give the picture its impact, inserting a human dimension to keep the powerful shape of the machine in its place, in fact, turning it into something to be caressed, if not an item of fashion.

      O'Keeffe had a nervous breakdown in late 1932 and when she was reunited with her Ford V-8, Stieglitz captured this moment on film as a symbol of her personal freedom.

      •  Thanks for all of the links. (1+ / 0-)
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        Land of Enchantment

        I enjoyed them and they leave me full of admiration.  I have zero artistic talent.  

        They're asking for another four years -- in a just world, they'd get 10 to 20 ~~ Dennis Kucinich

        by dkmich on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 01:36:18 AM PDT

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