Monday, November 12, 2007

Your Enduring Freedom, At What Cost? (Momento Mori)

Freedom, actually, is free — War, however, is not.

Veteran's Day
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Washington, D.C.
Dedicated 1995


"I have of late — but wherefore I know not — lost all my mirth,
forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily
with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth,
seems to me a sterile promontory, this most
excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave
o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted
with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to
me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours.
What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,
what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not
me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling
you seem to say so."
Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 303–312, William Shakespeare


Dedicated to all those veterans who fought in World War I, "The War To End All Wars" (And, every war, that wasn't called a war, after that).

WWII (Second World War)

The Korean Conflict (The Forgotten War)

Vietnam Conflict (The Vietnam War)

Operation Just Cause (Invasion of Panama)

Operation Desert Storm (Persian Gulf War)

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan War)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War)


Stars & Stripes Forever
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(Buy: Edwin Starr: War & Peace)

(Buy: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Songs Of Freedom)

Find The Cost Of Freedom
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Les & More

Figure & Stairs
Woodstock, England 2006
40 x 40 in. Carbon/Pigment Print
Photograph: Dirk McDonnell


"When all is said and done, though, this is simply the way things looked as light fell, in certain places, at certain times, in that fugitive moment which is always now."

Excerpt of the Artists Statement from the upcoming solo exhibition, AS LIGHT FELL: Photographs by Dirk McDonnell, opening November 15, 2007, at Throckmorton Fine Art, NYC.


Stops Out
What's Up?
You Don't Say?
From The Les The Better

Glass Eyed
The Long Way
Goodbye To All That
From More From Les

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