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

Artists and Animals #36


Liz Taylor and sandpiper.

Photo by Roddy McDowall.

8 comments :

ripley said...

My favorite period for her: sliding toward X, Y & Zee

Fred said...

About a dozen years ago, Roddy McDowall was the guest of honor at the Fangoria convention in NYC. Rather than subject himself to the usual insipid Q&A ("How itchy was the Cornelius makeup?" "Do you think Legend of Hell House was better than The Haunting?" "What the hell were you thinking when you made It!?"), Roddy disarmed the crowd by doing a slide show of his photography, mostly shot in the 50s and 60s when he was an unemployed actor transitioning from child star (My Friend Flicka) to adult character actor. I especially remember his amazing photos of his close friends Liz and Montgomery Clift. He really had a gift for capturing a side of the stars that the public didn't see in the usual publicity shots which the studios produced and distributed. Thanks for posting this Greg. Maybe you should start a series of Roddy McDowall's Hollywood?

Greg said...

He really had a gift for capturing a side of the stars that the public didn't see in the usual publicity shots which the studios produced and distributed.

That's true. I thought how real this photo looked compared to so many publicity shots of the day. Also, Liz just looks great here.

I'd love to put up more McDowall photos when I have them but I don't have enough to start a new series, although that would be a great one to do.

Inquiring Camera Girl said...

Wow, she looks gorgeous here. She was a lot sexier in her late-30's/40's than in her 20's...

marietta said...

Oh,how beautyfull und sweet she was.It reminds me on Picture of Albrecht Dürer,"Madonna mit dem Zeisig"

Christopher said...

this really is a stunning foto..I agree with Fred and Greg..It clearly shows how fragile and ordinary we all are..movies or not..

vibrocount said...

When I saw this photo I could hear Jack Sheldon playing "The Shadow of your Smile."

Kreisler said...

Stunning - only matched by the Giant / Raintree County period