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

The Art of the Centerfold #6

Rusty Fisher
(Miss April, 1956)


Lauren said...

the conservativeness is very attractive.

Rob said...

I've always found this style to more interesting than full exposure, anyway.


Brent McKee said...

There used to be an attitude that represented a certain double standard. Shoot a photo of a woman without clothes in colour and she's naked and the picture is pornographic. Shoot a photo of a woman without clothes in black and white and she's nude and it's art. I think it still goes on today since so many of the art photography books that feature photos of women without clothes are in black and white.