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January 17, 2012

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”  ~ James Baldwin 

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  1. January 17, 2012 8:48 am

    Nice photo!
    Can we use it for our site http://yeahiloveit.com ?

  2. January 17, 2012 11:30 am

    This tells the story. Love Jame’s Baldwin, my hero.

    • January 17, 2012 11:41 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Baldwin’s words, “vomit up the anguish” are so descriptive and true. I like hearing the stories others see in a picture.

  3. January 17, 2012 1:36 pm

    What a wonderful quote and the picture with it is perfectly apropos.
    I shall add that quote to my ever-growing collection.xxxx
    Andrea

    • January 17, 2012 3:59 pm

      I agree with you about Baldwin’s quote. When reading that kind of quote I think, “I wish I had said that.” The next best thing is to have found it after someone else said it. ~ Paulann

  4. January 18, 2012 1:09 pm

    Great photo and quote!

    As a kid I uses to wonder how journalists in Vietnam could take the photos they did without doing something to help. I have many friends who are now journalists and I get it: we must have a record of what has come and gone. Those photos have helped me explain the horrors of war to my son (censored of course for his maturity level) embedded journalists are reporting nothing. I know them. Their hands are tied. That is not truth; that does not spark outrage or concern.

    My parents home was flooded twice in Iowa. Without the photos nationwide there would not have been the outpouring of support

    Art is communication. Art has power.
    So does knowledge and heart.

    XO. Jen

    • January 18, 2012 11:38 pm

      Thank you, Jen. I agree that sometimes the stark truth of a photo gives voice to the story and beyond. It creates a visceral response in us which is very powerful, like the call to action you mentioned with the flooding in Iowa. The camera gives us unaltered reality.
      ~ Paulann

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