Yes, I can 'see the light' here. The gulf between these two sets of people is the imperviousness of the better-off set. They don't have to deal with the marked shell casings of a crime scene, or feel the impact of having too many people packed too tightly together. The gated driveways keep it all neatly at arm's length. Switch out any of the two sets of people, and the same dynamic will perpetuate itself. People are people, and living conditions and human dignity depend upon each other. Am I too much the class warrior?
*smiles*I very much appreciate your comments and insight.Obviously I don't think your are "too much the class warrior." These issues are potent, which is why I keep returning to them. My ambivalence about this lovely place in which I find myself is based on them. I find that in describing the sense of place, I can't quite get beyond it. My real sense of "home" comes less from place, (I have moved a great deal) and more from my family. I'm working on a piece that deals more with that.
Julian,You really brought your previous collage to life with this video. It's so bizarre that two places can exist so close to each other. It's so absurd to me. Have you ever been to Asbury Park, NJ and Deal, NJ? If you ever want to expand your theme, take some video there. The social chasm that exists between two places mere feet apart is so wrong in so many ways!Christy
Thank you Christy. I haven't been to Asbury Park - Although I lived in Jersey City about fifteen years ago. It was definitely a rough neighborhood then, although I enjoyed its diversity, and the fact that I could see the East River from our apartment.
Thank you for your comments and reflection on Fall. I hope everyone takes a minute to appreciate autumn, but there are probably people who don't. Autumn is like a long, slow sunset to me... I just have to watch it happen and take it in. And, yes, the sunlessness of winter definitely has an impact on me, and I have to deal with that.
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