O' beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
from The End of Innocence, by Don Henley (lyrics) & Bruce Hornsby (music), 1989
|Battlefield, Bridge and Statue|
On this site, minute men and colonial militia fought against British soldiers on April 19, 1775, during one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. The battlefield in Concord, MA is now Minute Man National Historical Park.
The Minute Man Statue depicts a farmer with one hand on his plow, the other holding a musket. According to the Park's website, "Minute Men were expected to keep their arms and equipment with them at all times, and in the event of an alarm, be ready to march at a minute's warning - hence they were called 'minute men'."
"When is the time to take up arms?" I wondered. The Minute Men were heroes for putting down their plows and picking up their guns.
|Statue, River, Sky|
I often choose to make multiple exposures (see above), combining various elements simultaneously, as a method to abstractly portray the complexity of reality. The results sometimes depict ambiguity, sometimes clarity.
|The Sound of Revolution|
The pedestal of the Minute Man Statue boasts this stanza from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Concord Hymn", including the metaphorical gem, "Here the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world."
|Shot Heard Round the World|
Artist Daniel Chester French melted down Civil War cannons to create the bronze Minute Man Statue. Beating swords into art!
|Could You Make Anything Out of a Drone?|
Creating, making art, capturing images, and using my hands, all deepen my connection to my artistic predecessors and the issues and ideas I grapple with. I invite you to take a look a this video, which portrays my creative process of block printing a Revolutionary War Minute Man:
When I create photographs, four plus decades of experience are distilled into fractions of a second. I love to balance this approach with the hours of time spent to perfect a block print:
|The Art of Making Weapons|
How about this display of musket balls and the mold for making them at the Park's Museum? These musket balls (bullets) were made by hand, one by one.
Artist, educator and photojournalist John Nordell, Assistant Professor of Communication at American International College in Springfield, Mass., blogs about the creative process at CreateLookEnjoy.com