Tuesday, April 27 2004
Pix Of The Day: The Harley Is Only The Vehicle
CREDIT: © Peter Turner/PeterTurnley.com
WHERE: cultural USA (& elsewhere). WHAT: various Harley motorcycle rallies.
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Somewhere on the web you will probably be able to find a learned treatise about Harley-Davidson riding as an expression of tribal cohesion, reactionary cultural diversity, and social anthropology. You might even formulate your own hypothesis to explain the phenomenon, then run it past the next group of Harley riders that you chance upon, though that is more likely to lead you into a study of linguistics.
We decided to skip all that, and just let you enjoy some rich iconography on view at various Harley-Davidson rallies around the USA during the company's 2003 centennial year. The photographer was Peter Turnley, whose PeterTurnley.com web site offers an insight into a large body of work spanning 30 years and 85 countries.
Peter's web site is one of those that is so rich, even though thankfully well organized, that we are uncertain where best to point you for your first visit. From a visual standpoint the portfolios and the fine art prints are good places to start; and for a more literate approach Peter's journal or biography are good alternatives. The writing gives an interesting insight into the creation of images that have become part of a very different iconography, one created from world news events.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)