The most enduring pieces of still photography achieve their significance not from the content found within but instead from the complexities found without. In this seemingly dull portrait of Alison Hallett’s cat imprisoned behind a window screen we can unravel the complexities that lie beyond the frame. Firstly, one can see the reflection of a coat hung on a door inside the room. To whom does this coat belong? Alison Hallett? It is unlikely that the artist would be so sloppy as to leave her own insignificant garment within her artwork. Instead we can surmise that the coat belongs to another individual, most likely a Caucasian male in his mid-to-late-42’s, a man who Hallett invited to her apartment that fateful evening to help her make some “art”. Little did he know that Hallett planned to take those three perfect letters, A-R-T, and replace them with six sinister ones: M-U-R-D-E-R. As a result of that syntactical twist that would prompt any law-abiding linguist to call the authorities, Hallett meticulously dismembered her visitor from limb to limb and laid his scattered body parts upon the soil (Re: floor).
As her unfortunate guest’s warm blood drips onto the aged hardwood floors, the cat stares down at the chaos Hallet has unleashed upon their otherwise peaceful home. Again, it is what lies beyond the borders of the portrait, namely the bloody pile of extremities on the floor, that really carries the mood of this piece. The intensity of the photograph’s externalities creates an indescribably powerful look of fear and disgust in the feline who seems to be the subject of the portrait but who in reality is simply a mirror for the bloodshed exposed (and yet hidden) on the floor below. In spite of all of this photograph’s meticulous and diabolical complexity, the lighting and color balance and overall picture quality are still pretty shitty so it gets a “C+” (but the “C” stands for “CAT”).
@D What...? I didn't have a counter argument. I didn't argue anything. I just said her op-ed was dumb. OK!
The first time I heard "Headlights Look Like Diamonds" I was on a road trip across the country with a good friend from high school. We listened to the song dozens of times on that road trip and now every time I listen to the song I think of the trip and my friend. My friend didn't die on the trip or anything, but if he had died this story would have been a lot more powerful and I probably would have won those tickets.
@ Dave J: That is a counter-hoax. This thing actually is Bieber slowed down. Here is that Phaton Wave Orchestra "song" sped up: http://audioboo.fm/boos/168021-echoes-acro…
Is the PETA blog really called "The PETA Files"? It's too easy to make fun of that, but it's crazy they didn't think about what that could mean before they went with it. Weirdos.
If only that Rockabilly guy had posted an "I Saw You." Then the circle would be complete.
Spero Melior: SOLIDARITY.
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