Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Third Of May

Goya's Third of May 1808
with two self-portraits

Collages 2015
© Ellen Wallenstein
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

pairs of photographs

i'm interested in what happens left to right and right to left, and together















photographs made on the street, from the car, and underground
© ellen wallenstein 2017
all rights reserved

why i make photographs


as a pleasure
as a practice
as a meditation
as an homage

for my sanity
for my delight

because i must
because i have to

to teach from
to learn from
to look at
to remember




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Alternate Lincolns




This pair of Lincoln bookends came from a tag sale in Connecticut, the home of an old man who had collected Civil War memorabilia. Obviously, they were made  from two different molds, and one had been dropped at one time. Like many fraternal twins, they are very different from each other. 







Monday, February 27, 2017

The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park

Childhood memories and medieval time immemorial in the stone walls.
High up in the heights of Manhattan schist, where the subway is so far underground one takes an elevator down to it.

A castle built by the rich, the plundering the of 13th Century, pillar by pillar, stone by stone, statue by statue. Not to mention the tapestries to warm the walls.
The rooms feel heavy. Maybe it is the centuries of religious prayers, guilt, hope and fears that took place around the altars and objects on display.












But the Merode Room, a revelation and a lightness, a spiritual experience. The Master of Flemalle, indeed. 1428 altarpiece. So so finely seen, so finely painted. 

That candle, just extinguished by the angel, a wisp of smoke remaining. 
Marking the moment just past the immaculate conception, forever.
Being in its presence is divine, even with the thin glass separating its soul from my breath of now.







Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RIP Prof. Irwin Corey






Irwin Corey "The World's Greatest Authority"


Photographed June 21, 2012, NYC
© Ellen Wallenstein
from "Respecting My Elders" 2013


died February 2, 2017
102 years old
102 years young