MoMA Guard Before A Starry Night, 2007

MoMA, Guard Before "A Starry Night"
MoMA Guard Before A Starry Night, 2007
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Or, how to take a picture of a famous painting and the people around it and show neither.

The security standing beside Van Gogh’s “A Starry Night” was tight-lipped, solemn, imposing while attempting to remain as anonymous and impassive as possible, surrounded by people who are intended to be aware of his presence but at the same time assuming obliviousness.

Here he rises on his toes, briefly relieving the monotony and the stress of his pose, and takes on an almost otherworldly presence, the guardian becoming the angel of “A Starry Night”, close to unhinging from the earth and rising.

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Juli Kearns

Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press".

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