I spent a brief time in the SFO airport last night. Because I had a bit of time ahead of me and I knew that my "bed" would be a narrow chair with a window on one side and human pillow on the other, I decided to walk between terminals.
On the way I walked through an enormous cavern of empty flight desks and waiting areas. It looked like the scene of a post-apocalyptic Hollywood movie in which zombie-like creature would emerge from their hidden places and attack the hero (me, obviously). To help contol my fear I tentaively said, "Zombies? Are you there?" No answer. Which is exactly what you would expect a clutch of ambushing zombies to say. So I took a page from the Billy Goats Gruff book of tricks and said, "Another passenger with a much bigger, juicier brain is coming right behind me. If you eat me you'll scare him off." Then I hurried along.
In (yet another) abandoned hallway I came across a series of photographs by Travers Flynn. He does "abstract photography" which is to say, blurry landscapes. It appears that his technique involves holding up his camera, setting a slow shutter speed and then shaking the camera. The write-up on the show said that he, "negates symbolic representation" to "express an artistic vision." This is accomplished by going somewhere pretty, closing his eyes, and swinging his camera around. No, really, he closes his eyes for the pictures. Which brings us to the question, "Who is fooling who?" and causes us to wonder if part of his artistic technique is discovering how ludicrous an art show he can get put on display. The ironic sensibility displayed here may be part of the show. For instance, the display said that no photography was allowed. Which struck me as immensely ironic, since most of the photos on display were ones that should have been deleted in the first place. But I closed my eyes and swung my cell camera around, and this is what I accidentally took a picture of (my favorite part of the show). I'm not a good abstract photographer yet and I'm afraid that you will still be able to read what it says. Sorry about that.