Saturday, December 27, 2008

Life Imitates Art

Art and life often imitate one another. Bookworm sees a similarity between a New York Times photo from today's Israeli retaliatory assault on Palestinian Gaza and Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica. The resemblance is striking and, I think, less than accidental, if not in actuality, then certainly not in editorial judgement.

Another affecting photo in the NYT photo essay immediately recalled for me the Girl in the Redcoat scene from the film "Schindler's List". The muted redcoat stands in ambiguous contrast in an otherwise black and white film and draws our attention to an anonymous little girl. In the cinematic arc created by Spielberg, we see the girl in the redcoat dodging the NAZIs and eventually making her way into an empty house to hide under a bed. Later, we momentarily see the redcoat on a cart filled with corpses.

The NYT photo is a muted gray caused by the dust thrown up by the Israeli bomb explosions. Very little color shows through. But our eye is drawn to an orange jacketed figure in the amorphous mass of people.

Are we supposed to feel sympathetic toward the man and those around him as we did for the girl in the redcoat? Are we to wonder what has happened to him? Is he dead? Did he survive? If a sympathetic response is intended, I simply don't have any.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

I hope Israel finishes it!

dcat said...


Indigo Red said...

Israel won't finish it, dcat. They are more afraid of how the world sees them than they are with extinction.