Saturday, October 9, 2010

All You Need is Love...

I spent part of the day in Central Park shooting some images I might use for the Holden remix project.  I entered the Park @72nd Street and immediately came upon hundreds of people who stood shoulder to shoulder swaying and singing Beatles song after Beatles song.  I had figured there would be a crowd at the Imagine circle given that it had been John Lennon's birthday the day before (what would have been #70) but was surprised at the size of the crowd--one that did not abate during the three hours I was in the Park.

Give Peace a Chance. Collage by Mary Ann Reilly (2009).
There are a few events that were not personal that nonetheless carry with them significant emotional influence in my life. Certainly, the murder of John Lennon, is one. As I later stood across the street from the Dakota, I wanted so much to be able to turn back time and rewrite history.

Central Park. 10.9.10.

Central Park. 10.9.10

4 comments:

  1. Brought on chills and tears. Incredible collage. Thanks so much for sharing, Mary Ann. Would so love to see more of the images you captured during that moving experience.

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  2. Odd Deb but it has been a difficult weekend. I did not expect to have so many feelings about John Lennon. Although I suspect it may have more to do with the idea that Lennon would have been 70, growing old and the like. Not sure I am reconciled to aging:)

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  3. Yes, feelings like that can really take us by surprise. Perhaps it does have more to do with the aging thing. Then again it could be more a reaction to the power of the emotions you picked up on there. I remember the first time I stood on the grassy knoll in Dallas many years after the Kennedy assassination. I cried more then than when that horrible event transpired. When it had I was only a child, but I still remember the weight and hurt of that dreadful time. When I cried on that grassy knoll it was like I'd tapped into all the mourning that happened before at that very spot. Took me days to shake off the grief.

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  4. yes i think you are on to something there Deb.

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