Living Art

Sometimes you see the most beautiful moments at the most unexpected times.

I just went on an errand to the Benjamin Franklin Post Office downtown. On the left-hand side entrance there are two murals that aren’t very well-lit, rather dark and dingy, with a WPA feel to them.

Today there are two preservationist artists working on the mural of the woman. They had the area blocked off with a very bright light focused on the work, illuminating its colors clearly to me for the first time. The artists were crouched over it, painstakingly touching up areas that needed attention. Their faces were also lit, and the expressions of concentration and dedication were just as beautiful as any artwork.

4 Comments so far

  1. Cant_picture_it (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    You need to carry a digital camera!


  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    Sigh. I know, it would’ve made for a lovely pic.

    Or would it? Because they were working so intently, I would’ve felt obligated to ask their permission to take the shot, not wanting to risk startling them. And then once they knew they were being photographed, would their expressions have been the same? Is it truly possible to capture moments like that on film?

    Hmm… time to find out!


  3. Don (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 2:16 pm

    Just take the shot. From a dickish lawfulness only standpoing you’re 100% in the right; the law rarely allows for a reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place and that’s the standard you almost always have to hew to for permissability. From a general sociatal standpoint they’re government workers in a public place and what they’re doing is therefor newsworthy. From arguably the most important standard you can certainly comply with any requests to stop and even offer to delete the photo if they’re uncomfortable with it, though I think a simple “sorry if I bothered you – what you’re doing is just so neat I wanted to be able to share it with some friends” would placate all but the most extreme anti-photo folk.


  4. wayan (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 5:22 pm

    My current techno-lust Sony Ericsson S710a camera phone



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