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the moment well met

'The Meeting' or 'Have a Nice Day, Mr Hockney' 1981-3 by Peter Blake born 1932

‘The Meeting’ or ‘Have a Nice Day, Mr Hockney’ 1981-3 by Peter Blake

I was thinking about yesterday’s post and the James Joyce version of the Medieval ‘Hail Fellow’ phrase “Hail fellow well met the next moment” from Ulysses, and the Peter Blake parody of Gustave Courbet’s The Meeting (Bonjour Mr. Courbet) (1854) popped into my head.

Surely the reason that [non abstract] figurative paintings/photographs live is that they engender the feeling that some kind of crux is being depicted? And the works that continue to live are those that also feel as if there is some possible continuation of narrative beyond this crossroads freeze-frame of reference? [or ones that create a perpetual falling out and into the loop around the iconic moment of the crux? ie create an unresolvable tension that sustains despite the impossibility of further movement].

If one viewed each and every ‘concept’ illustrated in a story in a similar way, then each narrative instance is an iconic moment pigment fleck that builds up into a complete picture?

This would fit nicely with the notion of a ‘page turner’. Where each word is written on litmus paper that inexorably draws the reader along. Each phrase in effect a micro cliffhanger. So that the aim of good storytelling then becomes a mission to create a domino toppling of ‘the moment well met’.

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4 thoughts on “the moment well met

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  2. Michael Hampton on said:

    Yes keep this tack going, though maybe without the sub-strate of religious language, ie ‘crux’ and ‘iconic’. The Blake also acts as an invite, or expanded comic book frame, daring the viewer to add some badass commentary in a speech balloon or bubble; so the concept of continuation is verbally implied too.

  3. No religious tack intended, both words are in common use ‘crux of the matter’ and ‘iconic moment’ is in use in photography for that exact ‘perfect’ instant where everything ‘comes together’ [positioning, light, shadow, etc etc] in front of the lens.

    I had always assumed that Mr Blake and his servant were extending their begging hats with the words, “Can ye spare some cutter, me brother?”

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