Remains of Greatness


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(From the Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr Group)

This photograph reminds me of Kenro Izu’s print of the ruined city of Vijayanagar in India. In his photograph of the once-magnificent Hindu “City of Victory,” Izu contrasts small stones (likely piled up by pilgrims) in the foreground against remnants of 15th century stone temples in the distance. Here, building blocks of the venerated automobile are strewn in a forgotten pile a short distance away from crumbling houses. The treatment of the light in the two photographs are very different, but the feeling of reverence for the place is, to me, the same, as is, perhaps, a hope for transcendance?

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