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January 3, 2014

You Know What I Like About Those de Blasios?

That chain link.

(photo: Seth Wenig/AP. caption: Jan. 1, 2014. Bill de Blasio blows a kiss and waves as he exits his house with his family for his swearing in ceremony as New York mayor at the start of the new year, in New York)

  • bks3bks

    Even though my son works in Manhattan I don’t have any reaction to de Blasio yet. Is it okay if I wait to see how he does his job before forming an opinion?

    • Michael Shaw

      Well, the visual rhetoric (yesterday’s post stretching back still further) is off and running.

  • Scarabus

    Fences are for keeping something/someone out sometimes. (Remember Romney’s comment about investing in the Chinese company whose fence kept out persons eager to work there?) And sometimes they’re for keeping something/someone in. First glance you’d have to say a fence this low might constrain, say, a small dog — but little else.

    But there are three signs of constraint here: (a) lower right, chain-link fence; (b) central square in the rule of thirds grid, hand raised in a cop’s gesture to stop; (c) upper left, barred window.

    Granted that a telephoto lens might be compressing the space, but that low fence seems awfully close to the building. Is this the back door?

    Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,

    That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
    [a neighbor]
    But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather

    He said it for himself. I see him there

    Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top

    In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.

    He moves in darkness as it seems to me –
    Not of woods only and the shade of trees.

    He will not go behind his father’s saying,

    And he likes having thought of it so well

    He says again, “Good fences make good neighbors.”

    Robert Frost, “Mending Wall.”

  • GeorgeMokray

    Three raised hands – back of De Blasio’s hand to his lips, blowing a kiss, his son waving from the doorway, making “rabbit ears” above his sister’s head with his fingers and the palm of the hand, and another back of the hand in the middle of the frame, waving back to the son which can be read as a stop gesture.

    Chain link fence, bars on the window, panes in the glass doorway, which may soften the barriers with openness. The blues of the window shade, De Blasio’s tie, and the doorframe.

    Plus his wife’s (?) red scarf.

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