One late night this week, on the tube homeward bound, I was accosted by a couple. One sat purposefully too close to me, physical and personal boundaries abandoned, and the other, opposite, knocking knees. The woman, her head leaning on my shoulder, was stonned I would say and the man somewhat addled, suffering a huge headache, I was stone cold sober. Once they penetrated my wired vigilance I got chatting. Apparently, they had mistaken me for Rosemary Bennett, The Times, Social Affairs Correspondent but they couldn’t quite marry up my constrained chronological age and hers. Admiring my skin, my clothes, my rings, my voice, I felt owned and whilst living in their fantasy as the train rattled on with their relentless chatter, my thoughts turned to the ‘Portrait of Christina’ by Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman, c1913. This is an image created more than a century ago of a woman, with lavish strawberry blond hair, modelling a scarlet coat on a far flung beach. She raises her face to the dawn, the sun streams over her soft freckles with her radiant complexion. The identity of the woman became a 100 year old mystery and caught the attention of the world’s press. It recently became known that her full name was Christina Elizabeth Frances Bevan and she was born in Harrow, UK on 8 March 1897, a neighbours daughter of the O’Gorman’s. It’s unlikely that my identity will remain a 100 year old mystery, what will ensue is ultimately, the ethical and sometimes contemplative aspect of our art, mobile art, as it holds our lives together. The humanity of our work, holds our hopes, our dreams, good art needs internal space and we can call upon it, any time we want, pay attention and you will see.
Thank you to all artists for submitting your works. If you would like your work to be considered for entry in to our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here.
Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:
Jormain Cady, Eduardo Llerandi, Sergiy Beliayev, woltarise, Alla Crashenkova, Pier Luigi Dodi, Susan Detroy, Clint Cline, Joseph Cyr, Maarten Oortwijn, Lorenka Campos, Chris Feichtner, Rob Pearson-Wright, soul_engine, Lydia Cassatt, Kristin, Poetic Medium, Daniel Jay, Luison, Tricia Dewey, Jean Hutter, Enio Godoy, Linda Hollier, Gina Costa, Robert Laliberte, Hanni K, Gianluca Ricoveri, yaesmbrut, Susan Rennie, Kate Zari Roberts, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Candice Railton, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Deborah McMillion, Havard Storvestre, jon jon, Paul Marsh, Joanne Carter,
Music this week is ‘End of the World’ by Xavier & Ophelia
‘A Long Night’ ©Jean Hutter
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