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Vietnam Women's Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, seventeen

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

21 April 2012.

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial is located in the National Mall in Washington, DC. Inaugurated in 1993, the statue by artist Glenna Goodacre (1939–2020) is a tribute to the over 10-thousand American women deployed to Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The names of eight women killed on active duty are included in the list of over 58-thousand names on the adjacent Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Vietnam Women's Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC, USA, fotoeins.com

Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

I made both images above on 21 Apr 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/160-sec, f/5, ISO100 and 30mm focal length (48mm full-frame equivalent); 1/100-sec, f/5.6, ISO100, and 49mm focal length (78mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to SK for making possible my visit to Washington, DC. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lW2.

African American Civil War Memorial, African American Civil War Museum, US civil war, U Street Metro, U Street NW, Washington, DC, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, sixteen

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

20 April 2012: Washington, DC.

Up from the U Street Metro station at the Vermont Avenue exit is the African American Civil War Memorial, located across the street from the African American Civil War Museum. The sculpture called “Spirit of Freedom” was created by artist Ed Hamilton in 1997. The memorial reminds us of over 200-thousand African-Americans who served during the U.S. Civil War; its conclusion led to the liberation of over 4 million African-American slaves.

I made the image above on 20 Apr 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/500-sec, f/5.6, ISO100, and 23mm focal length (37mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to SK for making possible my visit to Washington, DC. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lVR.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Tidal Basin, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, DC, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, fifteen

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

19 April 2012.

On a beautiful spring day, it’s an easy walk around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Beginning from the Washington Monument on the National Mall, I walk clockwise to the Jefferson Memorial, followed by the George Mason Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Finally, the large stone blocks appear, towering over the area, with the likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. with a confident and contemplative gaze. Chinese master artist Lei Yixin created the sculpture which was opened to the public in 2011.

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” 1958.

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies; education and culture for their minds; and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” Norway, 1964.

I made the image above on 19 Apr 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and these settings: 1/250-sec, f/5.6, ISO100, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to SK for making possible my visit to Washington, DC. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lKC.

My Berlin: Alicja Kwade, bridging art and science

Above/featured: Alicja Kwade exhibition, at the Berlinische Galerie. HL:X70.

In October 2021, I watched DW Culture’s Arts.21 feature on Polish-German artist Alicja Kwade. I knew I had to see her work and exhibition in person, but would it be even possible? My answer arrived six weeks later with a quick jump home to Berlin.

All of Kwade’s sculptural pieces in her exhibition, “In Abwesenheit” (In Absence)”, are “self-portraits.” But none of them show her face; the pieces aren’t necessarily simple, nor are they “selfies” characterized by the present vernacular. She is not physically present, and yet, every piece provides the visitor a glimpse into her mindset including questions she raises about the volatility of the human condition and about where we fit within a very large universe.

As former research scientist, I’m recognizing and I’m loving the influences on her art. She is clearly very interested in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, biology, genetics; but she’d be the first to admit she’d need multiple lives to completely fulfill all of her interests. The deconstruction of “self” into precise scientific elements is another way of expressing those (dreaded) “selfies” or self-portraits. I admire the clever play: it’s the breakdown into those elements that tell us what she is, and it’s the measured synthesis of those elements into the broad strokes of her sculptures that tell us who she is.

We’re all playing this game. Everyday things seem so important. But then you zoom out and realize that you’re standing with another billion [people] on a spinning sphere. With that perspective, you’re reminded to just be glad you’re here at all.

– 16 April 2019, Artnet News about her rooftop commission at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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The Retired Draft Horse and the Last Pulled Log, Ken Lum, Kings Crossing, G and F Financial Group, Burnaby, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “The Retired Draft Horse …”, by Ken Lum

I’m highlighting this month Chinese-Canadian artist Ken Lum: born and raised in the western Canadian city of Vancouver; he began studying chemistry at university before switching completely to art. Today, not only does he continue to make art, but he also comments about the contemporary and historical nature of art and about how art and society continuously shapes and informs each other. All of Lum’s pieces featured this month are located outdoors and freely accessible to the public at zero cost.

In 2020, Lum completed a sculptural work commissioned by Cressey Properties for its development in the city of Burnaby. “The Retired Draft Horse and the Last Pulled Log” resides at Kings Crossing at the intersection of Kingsway and Edmonds. Lum wrote in his proposal:

“… about a draught horse that is no longer called to work.The horse is a Clydesdale or a Persheron, the largest of draught horses that were commonly employed in British Columbia in the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. The log with chains on the Edmonds street site is meant to be in dialogue with the horse sculpture at the primary site of Kingsway and Edmonds.The larger than life size but not greatly larger than life sized horse surveys the modernity that has transpired since its working days in Burnaby and acts a sentinel of both the past and the future of the site.”

I made the photo above on 16 May 2021 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (18.5/28mm). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-llo.

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