January 2017

POTD: Hate Takes Root

Hate Takes Root
Bozeman, Montana

I don’t usually let my photography drift very far in the depressingly negative direction; for one thing, that’s not really my general nature (cynical yes, but not depressingly negative). But yesterday I started messing with this photo of weathered roots on a dead tree that had been exposed by an eroding riverbank and it unintentionally started looking very dark and sinister. So I went with the mood, accentuating it and adding the scowling eyes in the center. The name came easily after reading the day’s news from Washington.

As a point of interest, the eyes came from a gorilla I photographed at a zoo some years ago. There are also other features that, depending on your imagination, could be construed to look like other beings. I see a scary, almost goat-like face and an associated pair of sinister looking hand. As the acronym generation would say though, YMMV.

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POTD: Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock
Beijing, China

This sculpture, actually titled Laughing Horsehead, was one of a handful of sculptures by Salvador Dali on display at the National Museum of China. It was surprising to find these sculptures there (in the entry hall no less) given the museum is a merger of the former National History Museum and the Central Revolution Museum. Dali would seem to not be particularly relevant to either aspect of Chinese history. In fact this was the only western art we saw there aside from a really interesting exhibit of gifts to China acquired over the years from other countries around the world.

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