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May 18, 2008

The Dark Knight

Bush-MorrisYesterday, I had the chance to say hello to Christopher Morris at the VII Seminar in Brooklyn.  (I'm hoping to do a couple of posts on the NY Photo Festival ...  as soon as I work off my sleep debt.)

In particular, I'm interested in this Morris shot TIME used for their otherwise-silly 100 Most Influential People list.  (How they could juxtapose this shot alongside a pearly Bush tribute by the slimy Silvio Berlusconi is beyond me. I guess nobody Stateside would offer the pen.)

If Bush is scraping bottom in terms of popular opinion, I can't say I've seen much correspondence when it comes to the visuals -- which makes Morris that much more notable an exception. In an example that is less subtle than his usual approach, but laudable for its audacity, we see Bush (finally) as the shadow or the dark knight. 

With Obama on the verge of the Dem nomination and along with it, the prospect of a fundamental shift in the political atmosphere, the sense of this shot is that Bush -- guaranteed now to soon disappear -- is being eclipsed by his own dark brand of paranoia.

TIME 100 - Complete List (TIME)

(image: Christopher Morris / VII for TIME)


Engulfed in his legacy, scion Bush appears to be sitting for a 17th century Dutch master, light disappearing into gloom. Blind Milton supplies the caption: Farewell Hope.

Hello. To me this makes Bush look more like the Brando character at the end of Apocalypse now. But even that seems too dignified for him.

That's all, folks.

There's probably no "Knight Anti-Defamation League" out there to stand up for the reputation of knights. But I'm thinking that there had to be some screening standards to become a knight. Training, testing, drug-testing, schooling. It wasn't an inherited post was it? There weren't "legacy" knights like there are/were legacy admissions to wherever W claims to have been a student. So let's not "knight" the guy. Let's "idiot" him, or "joker" him or "white-affirmative action" him. Okay here it is "Dark Fool."

Dark NIGHT might be better, as in "Dark Night of the Soul".

For years now, I've been focused on what Bush has created for himself in terms of Karma (or, in his supposed 'faith' - sins he'll bring to Judgement Day). One definition of Karma I've heard is "You ain't gettin' away with NOTHIN." In Christianity, you have GOD who sees all - and in Buddhism, Karma is a LAW, like gravity, which is inescapable. Even Bush's ignorance isn't going to save him. Pretending that you've been a good boy doesn't help in either religion.

This image is the best one I've seen representing this truly tragic and hell-bound character. The image of the half moon with the dark shadow coming across the right side, slowly eclipsing his face. Total darkness engulfing him. I wonder if he ever thinks about his fate... it sends chills down my spine to think about it for him.

I'm reminded of the line from Stone's NIXON:

"He's the darkness reaching out for the darkness."

"It rubs the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again."

Maybe Bush will be remembered in a more positive light in the history books. Obviously not right now though, I guess only time will tell.

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