ghost in the machine

October 22, 2012

Photograph by Douglas Kirkland, from Marilyn: An Evening/1961

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go.
Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right.
You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.
And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
—Marilyn Monroe

spirits & ghosts

April 3, 2012

This September, Glitterati will publish Douglas Kirkland’s With Marilyn. As I paged through the blues last week, I was overcome. This book is filled with the eternal spirit of Marilyn Monroe or Norma Jean Baker, or whoever She was.

Make that Is. Because she never left. These pages are a testament to photography as magic. A magic we do not understand. I’ve been thinking a lot about this. About what the Native Americans felt. Something is captured on paper. Why? How? The spirit travels through light. Light on paper becomes the image. But it’s not what we see before us. It is the ether. Captured. Forever.

I don’t even have words…


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