photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

Graffiti & Rilke

I like photographing isolated elements of graffiti that I find on the streets, and the four images below are from graffiti art in Chicago that I’ve photographed over the last couple of years or so.

For some reason when I laid this page out tonight and saw these faces all together for the 1st time, it made me think of the Rilke poem below.

 

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

 

 

 

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

 

 

 

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Let This Darkness be a Bell Tower

– Rainier Maria Rilke

 

Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.

Let this darkness be a bell tower

and you the bell. As you ring,

 

what batters you becomes your strength.

Move back and forth into the change.

What is it like, such intensity of pain?

If the drink is bitter, turn yourself into wine.

 

In this uncontainable night,

be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,

the meaning discovered there.

 

And if the world has ceased to hear you,

say to the silent earth: I flow.

To the rushing water, speak: I am.

Rainier Maria Rilke

Rainier Maria Rilke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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