Wednesday, April 29, 2009

NEW from Gandy Dancers Walk -

"Long Walk (with Flags Flying)"
digitally manipulated photographs by Mick Mather
I was poking around in the files and came across this image, posted almost two years ago. It was tucked away in the Gandy Dancers Walk series folder and, being rendered in my old posting format size, I wondered how I might add it officially. After cropping the hobo drawing seen on the right I tucked it alongside the old work just for fun. Since I've been waiting all winter for good weather and enough time to walk the rails again, it seemed like a nice little nudge all the way around.

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Blogger John said...

this is quite lyrical and whimsical, like an ac current set low enough to stimulate and not harm....

8:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Its funny how you said you'd just found this when you posted it last time and now you've just found it again. I love the drawing along side it. Does this mean the circle for this image is now complete? or will it be lost and found again....

1:49 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

I thank you for this compliment. It also gets me to thinking about an old sci-fi tale where such electric stimulation was the drug of choice for some future generation. "Wirehead" was the pejorative term if memory serves - plug right in, tune right out!

Lisa Sarsfield:
As you may know, I do a file review about three times every year. With that in mind, I believe I'm destined to find this again. :)

6:09 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Re finding good work is good!

An interesting work.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

It is good and it was good ... it will continue to be good! :)

11:52 AM  
Blogger catnapping said...

I like the addition. It rounds out the original. I've always found the idea of hobo's romantic.

I read once that HOBO was like the first PTSD vet name...that before the civil war, no one really made a distinction. That HOBO was short for Homeward Bound. That these men were always trying to "get home." They just never got there. Much like the vets who were shell-shocked and battle-fatigued.

I know there are a few folks who are homeless by choice. But most of way. I think they just cannot find a way to reintegrate into society. Some are suffering from military battles...but even those who've never served...and even those who are not schizophrenic or borderline...I think they suffer from PTSD, too...from traumas in their life that no one else took notice of.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thanks for bringing all of this up. You may be quite correct about the HOmeward BOund derivation.

My frame of reference for "Hobo" is clearly rooted in the "Great Depression" and those years of downward slide that preceded it. The westward movement from the dust bowl states made some sense when considering that families, in particular, might find field work or feed themselves under the radar with gleanings from picked fields or, from the midnight market of those still in production. Those men who rode the rails to find field work (or any other kind) were often referred to as "Hoe Boys" if they were fortunate.
From there, the slang term of "hobo" is easy enough to come to. It quickly served to reference the larger itinerant population, mostly men, complete with it's own culture and semiotics. Romantic? In retrospect, I should say so but the real life of it was, I'll bet, difficult and a hardship on even the hardiest of men.

3:11 PM  

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