Loveliest of trees, the cherry nowIs hung with bloom along the bough,And stands about the woodland rideWearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,Twenty will not come again,And take from seventy springs a score,It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloomFifty springs are little room,About the woodlands I will goTo see the cherry hung with snow.
Brassai, Marlene (1937)
A young Bruce Chatwin in an earlier life as an art expert at Sotheby’s. From The Songlines:
When I was in my twenties, I had a job as an ‘expert’ on modern painting with a well known firm of art auctioneers. We had sale-rooms in London and New York. I was one of the bright boys. People said I had a great career, if only I would play my cards right. One morning, I woke up blind.
During the course of the day, the sight returned to the left eye, but the right one stayed sluggish and clouded. The eye specialist who examined me said there was nothing wrong organically, and diagnosed the nature of the trouble.
"You’ve been looking too closely at pictures,", he said. "Why don’t you swap them for some long horizons?"
"Why not?" I said.
1. JMW Turner, Dawn after the Wreck
2. Andrei Tarkovsky, Polaroid photograph
David Cronenberg on the sets of Crash (1996), the film based on the JG Ballard classic.
“I don’t endorse everything that happens in either the novel or the film of Crash,” was author JG Ballard’s spin on the content of his most controversial book and David Cronenberg’s movie adaptation. “But both are cautionary tales…”
Leads like Holly Hunter and James Spader came to Cronenberg rather than the other way around.
Hunter had her agent pester him to give her the role of Helen Remington, while James Spader’s only concern about taking on the film was who else was going to be in it. “He said, ‘After all I do fuck everybody in the movie,’” laughed Cronenberg.
1. Et in Arcadia ego, Nicholas Poussin (1637-38)
2. Et in Arcadia ego, Guercino (1623)
George Lucas and the great Amrish Puri (!) on the set of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune on the sets of Sanjuro (1962)
Ingmar Bergman and the legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist framing a close-up of Bibi Andersson on the sets of Persona (1966)
Story of my life. Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte (1961)
— JM Ledgard on globalisation and terrorism
Elliott Erwitt Jack Kerouac, New York City 1953
"…the car was swaying as Dean and I both swayed to the rhythm and the IT of our final excited joy in talking and living to the blank tranced end of all innumerable riotous angelic particulars that had been lurking in our souls all our lives." Jack Kerouac, "On the Road" 1957