Friday, January 2, 2015

Don’t You Love It When Life Imitates Art?

Pete Souza, Director and Chief Official White House Photographer, has released his 2014 version of “The Year In Pictures.” Would you like to play a game? Identify the book/movie that served as the inspiration for each of the photographs in his album. Extra credit if you can also provide actual quotes from the book/movie. Here are a few I recognized immediately, butt there are tons more to play with, so have a go at it.

Girl With a Pearl Earring:

March 24, 2014
"POTUS meets Rembrandt. The President looks at Rembrandt's 'Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul' during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands." 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 “I hear you have been of great use to your master. All that grinding and stirring, eh?” - Van Ruijven

Sunset Boulevard:

June 9, 2014
"The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution. There were so many cameras and strobe lights flashing but the end result was kind of cool. See the video at this link:"
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” - Norma Desmond

The Wizard of Oz:

July 23, 2014
"Occasionally, a graphic element becomes the key factor in an interesting photograph. Here, at Los Angeles International Airport, I ran out in front of Air Force One to preposition myself at a low angle to take advantage of the yellow stripe as the President walked off the plane."
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?”  - Scarecrow

The Great Gatsby: - several photos from 2014 have been drawn from this book

P082914PS-0000.JPG"I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library."The Great Gatsby

Nov. 19, 2014
"Lawrence Jackson captured the President busting out in laughter as he and the First Lady recorded a holiday video message in the Map Room of the White House." 
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)"I married him because I thought he was a gentleman...I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe." - The Great Gatsby

OBAMA/“Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight." - The Great Gatsby

And then, of course, there is this illusion to Jay Gatsby, standing at the end of his dock, peering longingly at the green light across the bay:

on the shore“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—”  The Great Gatsby

Allow me to complete the above quote, which ends Fitzgerald’s novel and summarizes its entire point:

“ - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…And then one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Hold that thought: hopefully 2015 will be the year we too move against the current and prepare to be “borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Reagan-statue-of-liberty-AP"This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan

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