Group f/64. Almost nobody reading this will know the members of the group, let alone what the group was. Politically the group was as close to Marxist as you could be in the 1920′s and 1930’s and not be political. But, that was not their aim. They were trying to keep a form of art pure; pure in their definition of it. They did not want change in a changing world.
They were conservatives.Contrast that with a group of people in a very close and closed location that we have right in the middle of a massively populated area where millions live and millions of people from around the world visit. We are being held hostage to a group that are not Marxist, nay they are closer to what tribal life would be like in the time before civilization formed. They show a disturbed and ugly side of humans that artists find difficult to present (think of The Scream). They do not want change of a changing world.
They call themselves conservatives.
Is there a difference? Neither wanted the world to change. Both tried to present their case of not changing the world, to the world. The first were not empowered to change the world, they were artists. The second were elected to office in the United States House; they are empowered to change and affect the world. There is a difference between you, me and those elected to office. They can cause things to happen by law. We cannot.
The members of the Group f/64 were the best of the best in their field. You have seen their art in stores, in advertisements and all around as backgrounds. You are often stunned by the starkness of image, at the same time filled with the sense of Westernist (my made up word). These people showed a world that was at the time, and still today, vast, empty and beautiful. They did it carrying heavy and delicate tools to remote, isolated and yet occasionally near, locations across a landscape that we still dream about.
The members of the House, are not the best of the best. In fact, even the people they represent occasionally think of them in terms of toilet bowls. A few have criminal records, more than a few have perversions that the norm of America had never heard of until the media shows it on the cable news. Most are rich, most are white, and most are male. The sad thing about most of them is that they represent an America that is not today. The America they represent does not exist, except in fantasy or on 1950’s American television.
The first group knew change was around them, they did not affect that move to modernism. They just wanted their version of art to be known and accepted. That is known and accepted by those attending gallery showings.
The second group wants to force Americans to accept a failure, a failure forced on us by their dictate. They have spent years and decades to reach this point. They are not interested in a better America. They are not interested in better Americans. These people pass legislation to try to return America to the 1890’s by telling us we do not need to change from incandescent light bulbs to a more modern version that uses less power and is more efficient. This is beyond living in the past. This is thinking that the world of 140 years ago is the world of today.
Oh, the world has changed. Our world left the Republicans behind by over a century. Our world still enjoys the photography of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Their works are timeless. Our world sees the need for new ideas and progress. Something that a light bulb over one’s head means, not something that an incandescent light bulb is.
– Blue Bronc is a Trail Mix Contributor