Monday, June 5, 2017

Butterfly Hunting in the Meadowlands

photographed by Jack Smith 
circa 1960 
East Rutherford NJ

I seem to remember that this series of pictures was shot in the New Jersey Meadowlands around the time suggested, unless I dreamed it or am fooling myself.  One of the ladies depicted looks a bit like a scarecrow, though her makeup suggests a cheery death’s head as well.  The second couple (or possibly the same models in different costume) traipse through a field of goldenrod where the earlier pair are surrounded by sunflowers.  They seem to evoke Jack’s vision of an earlier generation of city dwellers out for a jaunt in the countryside, an early 20th century idyll.  Death is always near and not just for the butterflies.

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