The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Faces from the Past #3


Russian Peasant Girls (1909)

3 comments :

Rob said...

These essentailly 3-strip color shots from B4 WWI are AMAZING! They are sooo immediate, and look fresh right out of the camera! Thank God they were preserved. I spent hours looking at 'em last nite.

BCNU

Sam said...

As a child, I thought color only existed after the sixties. To see photos like this one that have made it this long is simply breathtaking.

Tom Sutpen said...

Sam Wrote:

As a child, I thought color only existed after the sixties. To see photos like this one that have made it this long is simply breathtaking.

*****
I have to admit, it isn't easy finding these images, and I have to give Stephen credit for starting this series. It was his idea, and I've sort of ridden it a few miles.

So far, I've found pre-1950 color images (of non-famous individuals) mostly through the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection; which is such a treasure trove it's virtually impossible to navigate it coherently. They do an incredible job, particularly with this series from Eastern Europe, of preserving images with every digital thingamabob known to man.

(btw, It's great to see you back, Sam. I was hoping you weren't still upset over . . . you know. I'm glad there aren't any hard feelings)