Penny for the Treat?

I’m not going to wish you a happy Hallowe-en.  I don’t like Hallowe’en; at least, I don’t like what it has become – and I deeply regret the passing of Bonfire Night.  I do not enjoy the faintly menacing practice of trick-or-treating and I think it’s sad that people no longer make guys and burn them on bonfires after having fireworks.  No doubt the fire brigade would disagree with me; but I enjoyed the totally unhistorical and anarchic feel of Guy Fawkes’ night (unhistorical because Fawkes* was no friend to democracy but an authoritarian royalist).  But still – it was a lot of fun.  When I was a kid we always had a big bonfire and a firework display, and we’d make a guy out of one of Dad’s old suits and stuff it with newspaper.  Lots of kids would roam the streets with their guy in a wheelbarrow calling out ‘penny for the guy!’ – and with the money they’d collected they would buy fireworks.

On the radio, Grayson Perry continued with his excellent Reith Lectures on Tuesday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03f9bg7/The_Reith_Lectures_Grayson_Perry_Playing_to_the_Gallery_2013_Nice_Rebellion_Welcome_In!/

He’s really got me thinking, and this morning I was pondering the art or science of photography.  Some whereas photography – some photography – has long been accepted as an art form, it also used to be a means of accurately recording events.  A photograph used to be accepted – by and large – as a record of an event or an accurate view of a person; and if you saw a photo of something you could assume it happened.

Now obviously there were problems with this: photos could be faked, but not easily (as in the story of the two girls who faked photographs of fairies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies) but this was not easy to do, whereas nowadays anyone with average software can photoshop a picture.  So it’s debatable whether photography is now anything but art.

But is it art?  I should probably ask Daniel.  I think his photographs are very definitely art:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152015921279756&set=pb.558819755.-2207520000.1383212271.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-ash4%2F1415348_10152015921279756_756353259_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-ash3%2F553133_10152015921279756_756353259_n.jpg&size=2048%2C1366

Kirk out

 

*hey!  I’ve just realised the historical connection to Dumbledore’s phoenix there!

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