Crapshoot

Man Ray Self-portrait

 

Crapshoot
100 Words

Ooh la la, this photo is to die for, even if I do say so myself. It’s all about you, you, you. What about me? You’re brilliant, a diamond in the rough, running circles around me while I clean a loaded gun with my right hand, count barbiturates with my left, wondering if I have time to swallow them all before the hammer hits the firing pin. Choking down dry pills, no water, coughing furiously I hit my forehead on the table, accidentally pulling the trigger, missed by the bullet, clarity arrives. Not to worry, I’m every shade of okay.

 

“I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.”
― Man Ray


A Short film by Man Ray — “
Poison                                                               *

 

Copyright © 2018 Mia Pharaoh. All rights reserved.

 

55 thoughts on “Crapshoot

  1. The captured sound in the video is complete. Somehow I feel that the sound art must match what is inside his head. 100 words to capture Man Ray’s surreal humour. That must have been a big challenge but you nailed it, Mia.

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    1. Hi George, thank you. Funny you should mention that, the sound of the reel running seem right, there were a few copies of “Poison” that were completely silent, somehow changing the captured essence of the film, not in a good way. Truly a story behind this one and I’m delighted that Man Ray agreed to be the face of it. I hope you’ve been enjoying your Monday so far. ~ Mia

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      1. Captured or created sound is something that defines the objective of the subject of the artist. Although nothing like the Man Ray video because it’s only part of the build yet the Green Day intro to Song of the Century had the same effect on me, in totally different circumstances because the artists art was constant. I love ‘sound’ and what you can do with it or be part of it. Nice one, Mia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlOgoKU2Mac

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        1. George, the intro is sensational. Reminds me of tuning in with an old radio to a recording of a soulful haunting sound and lyric playing on a phonograph. At times I have to ask how close and how different are audio and visual? If you can manage to put yourself “there for the experience” are they the same? I know that audio-connect triggers a different part of the brain than visual-connect, and to me it seems like the emotions that sound grabs are so very close to the surface and result in an immediate chill factor while visual take a few more seconds, maybe it’s the processing time. I like the idea of, “be part of it.” Thank you, George.

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  2. Man Ray is a great artist of surrealism, good choice 🙂
    I leave you my sincere greetings with affection and friendship my awesome friend.
    Love to you ❤

    Soul, xo

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        1. Mr. Cake, I quickly read your most current post, Bravo! I know where you’ve been, I know what you’ve done, and well done I must add. You’re my hero. I will return to your post tomorrow. I’ve been think of you, you, you and more, more, more. If only, if only we were a top-down system then none of this would be of any importance. Word salads could grace all efforts of written communication because the individual has no value except to promote the glory of the State. ~ Miss Cranes

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          1. Ahhh thank you Miss Cranes I couldn’t possibly know what you are referring to. Seriously though my recent experience reminded me of something, and that something was Alice’s experience with the most unsatisfactory Humpty Dumpty. As usual when in doubt, Go Ask Alice. I do not make a habit of getting into debate (alas it never really got to that level) but I was vexed at the lack of rigour and the affront to certain notions of human decency. Unfortunately it seems that at a certain level communication is impossible because all precise and universal meaning are been leeched out of words that previously referred to something specific. Anyway this comment made me smile and I am glad to know that I am your hero. I was amazed that the post was praised for its wisdom and bravery.

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          2. You’re most welcome, Mr. Cake. Plus I’m delighted to have brought a smile to your face. As for the post,

            “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”
            ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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    1. Dear Aruna, it’s intended to be humorous. It’s a fractured depiction of the relationship between Man Ray and Lee Miller. I feel he was devastated by the ending of their romantic relationship. Please have a wonderful week. ~ Mia 🙂

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  3. Were you a chef (excepting that you may well be) seeking the consummate fusion dish then this post would have had a Michelin Star all to itself, indeed your work is ‘fusion art’ for its combination of an original take in words upon the artist himself, the well-chosen self-deprecating photograph, a most pertinent quote and a perfect video accompaniment. A bravo moment, methinks.

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    1. Thank you so much, I really like the term ‘fusion art’ that’s a great description of what I try to achieve. I’ve always been enamored with installation art and the challenge for me has became how to pull image, words and sound into a two-dimensional format and make it feel like a three-dimensional experience, still working on it. I’m delighted that you enjoyed this effort, I believe Man Ray deserves most of the credit. Thank you again for a wonderful comment. ~ Mia

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      1. I believe you have met that challenge. Most certainly a fusion of art forms within two dimensions is the perfect fit for more than just a blog, although as a blog post, audio and video adds that certain special something to the words. Done well, as is the case with your clearly meticulously chosen vital accompaniments, the final fusion serves as a marriage of art forms, each enhancing the other. In short, it works sublimely well and deserves a wider audience.

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  4. Of all the ways we slowly kill ourselves, how many times has the bullet missed, and clarity evaded our dulled minds? How many times has cleaning a loaded gun been the excuse when the bullets didn’t miss? I’ve known too many. How many times do troubled minds say “Not to worry, I’m every shade of okay”?

    Wonderf post, Mia! When I was a photography student at the university in the late 70’s / early 80’s, I drew lots of inspiration from Man Ray. You chose the perfect short to round out your brilliant 100 words. Man Ray’s video is very refreshing and enjoyable.

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    1. Hi Tim, thank you. Wonderful observations, “all of the ways we slowly kill ourselves”. I have to believe we’ve all said,”okay” when we’re really not. Man Ray managed to do this with a sense of humor, I thought the video was perfect, I’m thrilled that you took the time to watch it, the ending is hilarious. Man Ray definitely offers up a lot of inspiration. Enjoy your Monday, Tim. ~ Mia

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  5. I love this. Man Ray is brilliant. And a brilliant piece of writing to accompany – well done! (You must think I’ve lost my mind, Mia. And I may have… but here I am once again.)

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    1. Thank you, Meg. It’s hard not to be a fan of Man Ray, I agree “brilliant” is the perfect word. Not at all, I was under the impression that you were going to take your books to the next level and updating your site so that it would reflect that decision and direction. Wishing you the very best with the new venture, have a wonderful Monday. ~ Mia

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  6. This is my first introduction to Man Ray ~ thank you, could not have come from a better source. There is a line here I think I will borrow at some point if its OK ~ ” Not to worry, I’m every shade of okay” Beautiful. Wish you a great week ahead Mia, take care.

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    1. You’re most welcome, Randall. I’m pleased that I was able to introduced you to Man Ray. Definitely feel free to use that line. Thank you for the lovely wishes, please have a great week too and take care. ~ Mia

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  7. Mia, there’s some dark humor going around…and I love it. The best part of me is your “it’s all about you” line as I stare at the lighter with “Man Ray” on it. The two just go together in a humorous way for me. Enjoy the rest of the week. -Chris

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    1. Hi Chris, I’m delighted that you found the humor in this. Yes, that’s the fun it could have easily read, it’s all about me, me, me. I think the photo captured this idea brilliantly, showing Man Ray’s sense of humor, as it depicts a not so funny time in his life. Thank you, and please enjoy the rest of the week too. ~ Mia

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  8. Fascinating piece. I apologize it took me so long to get to it. He wants to die has everything there to do it fast with the gun or fade away. But it’s a bit of a joke and death scares him. So when the gun goes offend misses he’s relieved and doing okay for a while. But what next? Hiding behind humour? Does the reasons he wants to die change? Does he enjoy the thrill of the crap-shoot that he might’ve died but today did not?

    Hope you had a lovely summer Mia!

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    1. Hi Amanda, I’ve been an infrequent visitor to WordPress lately. Thank you so much for your comment. I happen to have a great fondness for Man Ray and Lee Miller. I think what we see here in the photo is a humorous take on reality, a dark comedy. The underlying truths are real, and I think the humor helps us see the light at the end of the tunnel, thus being “every shade of okay”.

      It seems like we’re still having summer here, the heat is hanging around. I hope your summer was splendid and enjoying the beginnings of fall. Please take good care, Amanda. ~ Mia

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      1. You too Mia! Yes we’re getting warmer weather as well oddly enough. Except for some days in June and early July we’ve had average summer days (low to mid 20’s) and rain at night. It’s nice to have some 30 degree days if only for a while. It’s not bad this time of year as the nights are cooler as the sun goes down earlier. We even have this man made beach down by the river and it was unintentional as they are building a bridge nearby but nice to sit out in the sand. I wouldn’t go in the river, even though they say it’s safe but the environment is lovely. Usually the closest beaches are a couple hours drive!
        Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, David. Black and white is a favorite of mine, not sure I always see the depth of things, wish that I did. Man seemed to tortured himself with the memory of Miller (oh, the pain), and he did produce some astounding works to show for it.

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