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Historical harmony, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 2009

A figure out of Ipswich history is painted on the side of this building, once used as a mill by General Electric. His head is cocked, as if he is listening to voices from the past. Next to him, old window glass reflects a distorted view of another old building in the town. I honed down the image to just these two elements. Together they achieve a sense of historical harmony.

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Phil Douglis11-Sep-2009 18:46
Some will see him as listening to the voices of the past. Others will see his cocked head as disinterest, and his posture as arrogant. We interpret body language differently, and that is part of what I tried to achieve with this image. Thanks, Iris, for your own view on it.
Iris Maybloom (irislm)10-Sep-2009 23:55
His head may be cocked seemingly trying to listen to the voices of history, but his back is turned expressing total disinterest and his posture displays an arrogance fitting his position.
Phil Douglis13-Aug-2009 21:04
I love this interpretation. I really does not matter if this man was a "general" or not, or if he even was connected with General Electric, who built this building. You use the pun well here, Tim, to express the way you see this image -- a story of failed communication in the business world.
Tim May13-Aug-2009 20:14
Or, because of the reflection a sense of historical discord. Maybe the General should have been listening to the employees.
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