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 #20

Hanbury Buildings, 1939. Children were denied access to this adjacent empty lot, even though it served no useful purpose.


R.H. said...

This photo is remarkably similar to a painting by an Australian artist, I've been trying to think who it is. It first occurred to me it might be William Dobell but I've looked him up on Wiki and it seems unlikely.

R.H. said...

It's Russell Drysdale. The painting is called: The Cricketers (1948). The figures in it are almost identical to those in the 1939 photo.

"The cricketers

(1948) Vaucluse, Sydney
oil on composition board
76.2 x 101.6 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: Russell Drysdale
Private collection, Melbourne

The cricketers is perhaps Drysdale's most famous painting, and one of the most frequently reproduced images in twentieth-century Australian art. The subject of three figures set amid the stark walls of buildings in a deserted town, bathed in unnatural light, is a haunting and extremely original interpretation of a familiar sporting theme."


Well maybe not so original? But anyway I reckon things are getting a bit alarming when an uncultured bum like me can make references to art. The chattering classes would be appalled.