Portrait of a Young Girl
it's Portrait Week over at Alec Soth's blog. well worth a check, interesting discussions, interesting series of posts. i'm not going to say much, i once thought i had what it took... but it takes a lot. a lot of balls, and maybe some luck to make it actually happen. i can't resist stealing his poem. well, it's not really his poem so it's not really stealing.
By Louise Gluck
A child draws the outline of a body.
She draws what she can, but it is white all through,
she cannot fill in what she knows is there.
Within the unsupported line, she knows
that life is missing; she has cut
one background from another. Like a child,
she turns to her mother.
And you draw the heart
against the emptiness she has created.
i actually like the Avedon portrait of Kerry. it's probably (definitely) not his best work, but it is immediately recognizable as Avedon, and probably the best description of why Kerrry lost. except maybe that joke i saw on Conan O'Brien's show.