Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The Dust Was in the Air --- Day 12/69

Walk: No (Ciwt has a cold from the ongoing cold)

Distance: n/a

Bernd and Hilla Becher (German), Blast Furnace, Youngstown, Ohio, United States, 1983, gelatin print

Driving hurriedly by outdated, technically obsolete buildings can be a  rushed downer for Ciwt.  But when she stands and looks at the photographs of the late German photographers, Bernd and Hilla Becher, she is always moved. The care, the ingenuity, the craftsmanship, the shapes and lines, the people, the times - almost all gone.   

In one of their last books of photographs they wrote: "Once we were in northern France, where we found a wonderful headgear (the top of a blast furnace) - a veritable Eiffel Tower,  When we arrived the weather was hazy and not ideal for our work so we decided to postpose taking the photos for a day.  When we arrived the next day, it had already been torn down, the dust was in the air."

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