Wednesday, June 14, 2006

This was shot with my favorite (film) camera of all time


A crumpled, overturned red Jeep came to a rest alongside busy Wilshire Boulevard in LA, and nobody seemed to notice. What happened? Was anyone hurt? Who knows? I shot the photo with the Olympus XA compact camera I always used to carry with me. The scene reminded me of Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts,” about the Breughel painting where Icarus plummets into the sea and nobody notices.

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