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The Ghost Women Return

Here in Barcelona, I have found a few more for the collection.

As in previous such photographs, it’s about juxtaposition of odd, found elements (in the detritus of old posters) that seem to work together (at least for me) to carry a story or message about women and their experiences.

 

The Queen sticks out her tongue in zombie-like psychedelic irony at the many class and testosterone-fueled revolutions of history:

Ghost Women, #101, Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #101, Barcelona, 2017

 

Woe to she who takes one step beyond, striving upwards, bumping against the glass ceiling, or (surprise!) even cracking through it. “How do you sleep at night?” (“¿Duermes?”), asks the threatening bearded Neanderthal caveman:

Ghost Women, #103, Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #103, Barcelona, 2017

 

“Dad’, screams the daughter, “put down your stupid phone and come to dinner!”, as her goofy older brother and no-longer-caring-and-blacked-out mother look on:

Ghost Women, #104, Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #104, Barcelona, 2017

 

The flower girl, pursued by five small fish (or, perhaps, large whales writ small), says, “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows…not the flower.”

Ghost Women, #104, Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #104, Barcelona, 2017

Ghost Women – A Few More

Here are a few additional photographs for my “Ghost Women” porfolio. They were made earlier this summer, in Barcelona, but I apparently never got around to posting them.

Perhaps you can think of other, more suitable, captions?

 

I am watching you, here from my secure hiding place. I know what you do…

Ghost Women, #61. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #61. Barcelona, 2017

 

The obvious escape route is blocked by iron bars. But there are other paths to freedom, less obvious and more devious, almost certainly…

Trapped by Trauma. Barcelona, 2017
Trapped by Trauma. Barcelona, 2017

 

“Think Less, Live More”…is that really a way to live? Or is it merely a stereotype for the butt of many jokes? Or maybe there is, perhaps, just a hint of philosophical wisdom in those words? Or…?

Ghost Women, #63. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #63. Barcelona, 2017

 

The girl from the Cala Vera Club…and the indigenous woman, coexisting on the same vertical plane–but one very much above the other…

Ghost Women, #64. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #64. Barcelona, 2017

 

For the dignity of all persons, yes, including her…

Ghost Women, #66. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #66. Barcelona, 2017

 

A man with a horse directs a blinded fashion model to her timely escape…

Ghost Women, #67. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #67. Barcelona, 2017

 

Memories of the mysterious Mr. BT62…

Ghost Women, #68. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #68. Barcelona, 2017

Ghost Women in Barcelona

My eye keeps finding more images for my Ghost Women series. This time, on the walls along the streets and alleyways of Barcelona. (See more of this portfolio, along with an explanation, under the Galleries tab above.)

In this photograph of some urban graffiti and poster advert detritus, I was seeing two couples–but their relationships are quite different. Perhaps one couple (upper) has managed to find accommodation and contentedness while the other (lower) is dealing with resentment, fear, perhaps even abuse?

Ghost Women, #51. Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #51 (Dos Parejas, Un Contraste). Barcelona, 2017

 

Can you see the face of self-destruction in this next photograph? Torn and disfigured…disappearing…perhaps due to unspeakable childhood traumas…the disintegrating effects of an addiction, maybe…

Ghost Women, #52 (Autodestruction). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #52 (Disappearing Self). Barcelona, 2017

 

Apparently comfortable, happy and healthy in their own skins in this urban space–what are their 3000 personal stories?

Ghost Women, #53 (What is their story?). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #53 (What is their story?). Barcelona, 2017

 

All I want is respect…dignity…you know, all those standard human rights we all ought to enjoy…

Ghost Women, #55 (Deserving of Respect). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #55 (Deserving of Respect). Barcelona, 2017

 

High voltage 69…authorized personnel only…

Ghost Women #56 (High Tension 69). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women #56 (High Tension 69). Barcelona, 2017

 

In a bar…on the street…a furtive glance. But who is he, really? Perhaps just a mere phantom of her own personal opera?

Ghost Women, #57 (A Furtive Glance). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #57 (A Furtive Glance). Barcelona, 2017

 

Is she in pursuit of a life-saving superhero? Ah, but superheroes are often distracted, with other, grander (!?), things on their minds. Or maybe they just want to go out alone on the balcony for a pensive smoke now and then…

Ghost Women, #58 (In Pursuit of a Superhero). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #58 (In Pursuit of a Superhero). Barcelona, 2017

 

And, finally, we have Leonardo’s reflective Mona Lisa selling Louis Vuitton handbags. I wonder what da Vinci would think of that? Would Lisa del Giocondo approve? And who were the Madmen/women who came up with this mad marketing campaign, anyway?

Ghost Women, #59 (Mona Lisa Marketing). Barcelona, 2017
Ghost Women, #59 (Mona Lisa Marketing). Barcelona, 2017

Longmont Neo-Topgraphics

The march of progress continues along a southern section of Airport Road in Longmont, Colorado (as it does all along the entire Front Range). The constant drone of generators and the pop-pop-pop of the air guns as they relentlessly and ceaselessly drive nails into the wood framing…the sound of jobs…the sound of new homes in the making…the sound of a “healthy” economy.

So…I now have two more examples for my Neo-Topographic portfolio.

These new apartments or condos are going up along Airport Road, on the southwestern outskirts of Longmont. Note how Nature (here, as exemplified by that sliver of a glimpse of Longs Peak on the far horizon) is slowly being boarded up. The storm clouds are gathering–no coincidence. A “worm” or “snake” in the foreground tempts our eye into the image:

Longmont Construction, #1. Longmont, Colorado, 2017
Longmont Construction, #1. Airport Road, Longmont, Colorado, 2017

 

Here is another, very similar, view. We still have the storm clouds and Nature in the distant background slowly being extinguished but, to this composition, I add a hilly foreground that rhymes with Longs Peak in a certain way–they are both mountains of rock and dirt, but the former is a result of short-term human economic activity, the latter a very, very long-term project of the geologic forces–plate tectonics–of the Earth:

Longmont Construction, #2. Airport Road, Longmont, Colorado, 2017
Longmont Construction, #2. Airport Road, Longmont, Colorado, 2017

Ghost Women Appear Again

Three more for the portfolio, all from old, weathered and torn posters hanging on obscure walls…

 

“Disappearing USA Woman Haunted by Her Two Exs”:

Ghost Women, #29. Mendoza, Argentina, 2017
Ghost Women, #40. Mendoza, Argentina, 2017

 

“Torn From A Good Father”:

Ghost Women, #30. Mendoza, Argentina, 2017
Ghost Women, #41. Mendoza, Argentina, 2017

 

“The Scarlet Letters Of Our Times”:

Ghost Women, #31. Mendoza, Argentina, 2017
Ghost Women, #42. Mendoza, Argentina, 2017

“The Fence” (Navajo Land)

You never know when a quick photo op stop might turn into a much deeper visual investigation.

And so it was with this strange and otherworldly section of fence line on the lands of the Navajo Nation. You’ll find it–if you are paying attention–along U.S. Route 89 in Arizona, north of Cameron but south of the turn toward Tuba City.

Here is my collection of images from this meditative session. What questions might they imply?

Navajo Fence, #1. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #1. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #3. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #3. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #4. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #4. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #5. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #5. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #6. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #6. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #7. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #7. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #8. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #8. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

 

Navajo Fence, #11. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017
Navajo Fence, #11. Navajo Nation, Arizona, 2017

Anthropologie Essay in Monochrome

Anthro, #15. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #15. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

So, what do you do when you are tagging along with your significant other to a local clothing store…but, truth be told, you aren’t really all that interested in what might be on the rack?

Well, how about assign yourself the creative task of an iPhone photo essay?

Only a couple of these were cropped and I spent all of about three minutes post-processing each (Google Silver Efex Pro).

The results:

Anthro, #1. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #1. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #2. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #2. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #3. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #3. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #4. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #4. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #6. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #6. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #7. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #7. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #8. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #8. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #9. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #9. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #10. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #10. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #11. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #11. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #12. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #12. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #13. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #13. Boulder, Colorado, 2016

 

Anthro, #14. Boulder, Colorado, 2016
Anthropologie, #14. Boulder, Colorado, 2016