The Gates: What's the point of taking pictures?

As I mentioned a few days ago, I went to see "The Gates" - Environmental art by Christo. My reaction: much better and cooler than I thought it would be.

Not that there were any surprises - it's exactly what it was said to be: a whole bunch of orange (oops, sorry, safron) rectangular 'gates' all over many of the paths and byways of Central Park in New York City.


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The impact of the scale of the project is perhaps what was the surprise. You stand one a path, under the canopy of one Gate - and for as far as your eye can follow the path, more and more gates.

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But then you look around you, and in the distance, almost along the horizon, more and more gates, everywhere. It evokes the feeling of being part of a huge parade or ceremony.

Surprisingly powerful.

What's the point of taking pictures?

I had forgotten my camera and as I was walking around it occurred to me: Flikr! Check this out! There are over 4000 pictures, and that only under one tag.

Other than perhaps a picture with Me in it, I don't think there's any picture that I could have taken that is not already in this collection!

Posted on February 24, 2005 and filed under Life.