Monday, May 24, 2010

a tuning fork in an ambrotype...

tuningfork

tuningforkdetail

and there he sits

amidst

the chemical reactions to the glass, as if

the sound from his tuning fork - so still

and present upon his thigh -

is visible.

his hand perhaps

resting upon some scientific equation,

or the words towards some

alchemical spell,

his index finger touching a first word of acoustic revelation

or the last word in a sequence

revealing a magic.

his notes rest upon a book closed,

while an acidic chemical rainbow

hovers just above his head - and ears -

like a sheet lost to the wind.

two black scars like snakes fallen from trees,

parenthesis or cupped hands

as he becomes a voice.

his chest glows, his whole body

is listening...

(a rare ambrotype featuring a man holding a tuning fork, circa 1870, one of my favorite recent acquisitions).

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4 Comments:

Blogger ArtSparker said...

His chest appears to be glowing in response to whatever he is hearing.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Joey said...

GREAT find!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Hanne Katrine said...

Thanks for the beautiful photo and poetic words.

4:43 AM  
Blogger sroden said...

yes, i was very very happy to find this!

5:44 PM  

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