The Photographic Portrait

Today’s Featured Image:

Bruce Springsteen, photographed in Clichy, France, during his River Tour 2016 by Annie Leibovitz.

I had to kick off today’s category, “The Photographic Portrait,” with this image. Here we have a photograph taken by Annie Liebowitz of Bruce Springsteen in Clichy, France, during his River Tour 2016. Currently, I’m reading Bruce’s memoir “Born to Run.” In it, he confessed he wanted to be one of The Beatles when he was a teenager. Well, I wanted to be Annie. So you see, I’m reviewing a photograph, taken by a woman who is one of my heroes, of a man whose lyrics I’ve chosen as my tag line. It’s just too deliciously layered to resist.

I took a leap of faith and vaulted into this site, trying to share an essential part of myself. The photographic portrait has drawn me in further than any other medium. This was the art I wanted to make. This was how I wanted to tell stories. This fascination with faces, with the stories they tell, with the shaping of them via our character and history. Now I’m left trying to translate that attraction into words. It’s hard to do. Art criticism has always flummoxed me. The image is there. Do you see the deeper meaning? It’s simple. Look at it. Why spend 500 words describing something which is free just for looking?

I’m not trying to be a critic. Here I am, part poet, part sage, part neophyte, part teacher, part scribe, screaming into the void, “Just take a God Damned long LOOK! Would ya please?”

A Vanity Fair interview with Springsteen and review of his memoir can be found here:

Born to Run here:

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