Ups and Downs of Gravity
Forum, October 20, 2013
Andrea went to the movie Gravity. Twice. And she came back after the second showing with a decidedly different viewpoint about gender stereotypes in film:
But the next morning as the scenes began to replay through my head, a rather dark subtext began to orbit my awareness. Something I overlooked altogether. Suddenly I felt dazed again. In a bad way. So that afternoon I went back.
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Forum, October 18, 2013
Another from In Our Eyes, The Plain Dealer’s continuing print and online recap of the best Plain Dealer photography.
An Army honor guard carries the casket of Spc. Angel Luis Lopez from the Craciun-Berry Funeral Home to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for his funeral service on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Lopez died Oct. 5 of wounds suffered while serving in Afghanistan. The John Marshall High School graduate was laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
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City (much) slicker
North Coast, October 6, 2013
Gus Chan, photographer; Sharon Yemich, designer
Gus spent a little time following the progress of City Repair Cleveland Style, a grass-roots movement of citizens as they take back their neighborhoods through art. He writes:
Members decided they would paint fences and garages. But first, they would go knocking on doors, getting permission from homeowners. Most people were willing, a few held out. When the holdouts saw the neighborhood’s transformation, they, too, wanted their property painted.
Artist Michael Mishaga, who oversaw the project, is philosophical about the change. “It was never about creating or building something—that was secondary. The most important thing was the social interactions.”
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Forum, October 6, 2013
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator
More visual, less text, but still on target regarding the shutdown and the damage it did to the reputation of congress in the eyes of the nation and the world:
It’s we who cry, Uncle.
I guess there was a bullet in the Chambers.
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Arts, September 15, 2013
Another in our Sense of Place series, this Gus Chan/Zachary Lewis photo-essay highlights the 2013 Dance Showcase, a mini-festival held at PlayhouseSquare in early September. Nine dance companies treated the nearly packed house to 75 minutes of dance ranging from Indian, ballet, modern dance and percussion.
Gus captured the range of the program perfectly, and Sharon wove the seemingly disparate dance styles smoothly on the page — a photography-design tandem worthy of Fred and Ginger.
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Forum, October 2, 2013
Andrea Levy, photographer/illustrator
Another nice piece in Andrea’s continuing feature, OpinionArt …
Her sister gave her an old, tattered flag, rich and textural, seemingly perfect for the gritty message photography that she’s known for. But on further, it wasn’t so perfect. She writes:
But ultimately after photographing it, I decided the image was not useful.
And that’s because it appeared beyond mending. The fabric too fragile, too brittle for thread. It might have characterized our circumstance, our politics, but not us.
So instead I made a little repair to the symbols. I added something utilitarian. I found a stronger flag.
We know we don’t agree. We likely never will.But somehow we’re going to have to close this destructive gap ourselves.
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