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Two Underdogs Agree...
Undoubtedly Alan Moore then Neil Gaiman's revisionist graphic novel, "Miracleman", is one of the very best pieces of 21st century literature that you've probably never heard of, much less read. Why, you ask? Well, there are several reasons: its publisher (Eclipse) was bankrupted, the character and his name was forever in the courts disputed, and the power struggle between the many entities who claimed ownership to Miracleman (aka Marvelman) stifled this magnificent epic from being re-released. Fortunately, as of 2009, many of these issues have resolved. Unfortunately, Marvel Comics (being more of a money making machine, than purveyor of quality storytelling) now owns the rights to Miracleman, and has held onto these stories as would a miser to his gold, and there is still no word about when (or whether) Moore's and Gaiman's work will ever see the light of day. And, to set the record straight, of the many battling factions, both Moore and Gaiman played the consumate good guys, being the most generous in their concessions regarding the Miracleman character and his story.
There too was a cartoon character, a super dog to be exact, from the 1960s named Underdog, who was the beloved hero to many a child who watched Saturday morning cartoons during the 60s and 70s. Unfortunately, in 2005, in bad taste and poor execution, a cheesy live-action adaptation (along with merchandise) was made grossing around $42M and being rated by Rotten Tomatoes at a staggeringly low 16%. Was it worth it to demoralize an entire generation for these measly returns for a only a few people?
My point being that in both cases the desire for a few property minded entities to carelessly exploit and capitalize on these two projects corrupted their artistic intent as well as the adoration felt by millions of people.
Thus, the original title for this piece was "Two Underdogs Agree... Capitalism is Cold"
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From Graphic Art
Taken in the St Roch Cemetery following Hurricane Katrina, I discovered this filing cabinet alongside the burial wall repository. I thought it ironic to note the juxtaposition between the archiving of folders and files up against a wall that, essentially, archives the remains of those who formerly laughed and cried, loved then died.
Take note of the floodline near the lower third of the wall (and filing cabinet).
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From Conceptual Imagery
Taken in New Orleans at the Press Street Float Graveyard near to the Claiborne overpass following Hurricane Katrina, this was photographed in the early morning hours during a period in the city's history when the neighborhoods lie dormant and the colloquy of crickets were the only voices to be heard.
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From Conceptual Imagery
"Charles F. Esolda"
This composite is of an abandoned institutional building in Marriotsville, Maryland and represents the endemic ignorance as to how we manage those unfortunates who are deemed mentally ill or those who find themselves bound to a life of incarceration.
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At the time this photo was taken in 2008, this was one of the few remaining vestiges of "strip" clubs that ushed Philadelphians into New Jersey as they exited the Walt Whitman Bridge onto MacArthur Boulevard, which transitions onto The Black Horse Pike. To my understanding, it has gone from bad to worse. It was knocked down and is now a Taco Bell.
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Taken in Bedford, Pennsylvania at Dunkle's Gulf Art Deco gas station, I found the idea of creating a diptych of the bathroom entrances particularly interesting.
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Fort Proctor is a ruined 19th century fort in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Also known as Fort Beauregard or Beauregard's Castle (after P.G.T. Beauregard, who supervised its construction with the architect J.G. Totten) it is located on the shore of Lake Borgne. At the time it was built in the 1850s, there was also a railroad port called "Proctorville" adjacent. The fort was intended to be part of the fortification protecting water routes towards New Orleans. Due to delays caused by hurricane damage, and then the outbreak of the American Civil War, the fort was never garrisoned, and by the end of the war improvements in artillery had made the fort's design obsolete.
In the 1940s and 1950s, before it was engulfed by the lake, the ruins of the fort became a popular gathering spot for high school children seeking a spot where they could not be supervised. This period ended when the construction of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal in the 1960s cut off all land access to the fort site.
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Typical of frontier style architecture, I came across this simple homestead in a grassy glade somewhere in Wyoming.
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The Enchanted Forest officially opened on August 15, 1955, one month after Disneyland Park's opening. Appealing mostly to families with small children, the park had a nursery rhyme theme. The park featured fairy tale buildings and characters, but no mechanical rides originally. Track rides were added later, including Cinderella's castle ride with mice for the cars. At the height of its popularity, the Enchanted Forest welcomed 300,000 children per summer season. After its original owners, the Harrison family, sold the park to a developer it closed for the first time in 1989, turning more than half the land into the Safeway-anchored Enchanted Forest Shopping Center in 1992. The park was permanently shuttered in 1995 after which much of the theme park sat undisturbed yet neglected behind a chain-link fence. In 2005 active preservation began.
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Considered by some to be the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States", many visitors to Santuario de Chimayó take a small amount of the "holy dirt", often in hopes of a miraculous cure for themselves or someone who could not make the trip. Though seekers of cures commonly rub themselves with the dirt, or simply keep it, in the past they often ate the dirt.
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Once Upon A Time...
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.” - Hans Christian Andersen
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The interior of an era of technological innocence...
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From Classic Automobiles
"Empire of Dirt"
“Gather out of star-dust, earth-dust, cloud-dust, storm-dust, and splinters of hail. One handful of dream-dust, not for sale.” ― Langston Hughes
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From Burning Man
“No one loves us here, let’s go to Mars.” ― M.F. Moonzajer
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From Burning Man
Line of Sight
Several weeks before Burning man commenced, Coyote supervised Mel and the DPW surveyor team as they placed flags along a line-of-sight to indicate the intersection of the many radial and circumferential streets that define the annual, urban ephemera that is Black Rock City.
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From The DPW