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

through the lens of cyril arapoff # 6

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A typical working-class street in Poplar


Vanwall said...

What a marvelous shot!

Richard Gibson said...

Agreed and glad you like it.

I would love to go back and do a before and after, just 'cause I am so interested to see how areas of London have changed.

shahn said...

absolutely stunning. i love this series.

yes, mr gibson, you should.

Tom Sutpen said...

As a great man once wrote:

I second that emotion!

Richard Gibson said...

Shahn ~ thanks, glad you like it. I think tracing these images could be tough though, London changes so fast I see virtually no markings on the photos indicating street names.

I'd never heard of Arapoff until now and I'm glad I picked this book up, only one or two were posted on the internet until now and it seems to work really well here.