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Statue Takes a Phone Break
Among the entertainers competing for tips, you may occasionally come across the remarkably skilled “Human Statues”. These performance artists are spray-painted Silver or Bronze to resemble statues. I’m guessing these off-duty actors are looking to earn money between acting gigs. Whatever the case, I'm always amazed at how long they can stay completely still, - seemingly without breathing. This part-time job demands an extremely high level of concentration, considering that amused viewers are laughing and giggling. While some sadistic on-lookers go out of their way to break their concentration. As with all street performers, Human Statues look for a high concentration of pedestrian traffic, to enhance their earning potential. It seems like an easy gig, but I can guarantee you, it is not.
This photo marks the first time I’ve seen a Statue performer engaged in normal activity! As this silvery man passed by it gave me a child-like feeling. Totally amused, I gazed as the performer walked casually to the benches to take his break and make a phone call. Hmmm, I thought, perhaps he was checking in with his agent in hopes of good news about a big movie role. Realizing the image of stark contrast between the sitting Statue and his colorful surroundings sparked a powerful desire to capture the “Art” in the making.
Wherefore Art Thou, Sophia !
It's refreshing to see a note written by HAND, the old fashioned way - but it was starling, yet so moving to witness the raw, unabashed emotion of young love. It's been a long time since many of us have felt the spark of yearning that knows no boundaries. Unbridled passion and courage, an ingredient we seldom witness outside of a movie or television screen. This is the human heart's many realms that seem to recede as we mature, and experience the "reality" of life. Occasionally, we'll see a glimpse of this on a youtube video, staged to impress an intended recipient. In this case, I'm totally enthralled by this young man (Joe), since he could care less about impressing you or me, or even his beloved Sophia.
Determined to broaden his reach, the hopeless romantic arranged to have an on-air interview on a local radio station and set up another interview with one of the TV News stations. In this letter Joe writes that he has received over 100 texts and phone calls from women who read his letter, but he is not in the least interested. Wow, he could have had a date every weekend for nearly two years on the residual interest, but he chooses to wait it out. Shakespeare is no doubt smiling at this modern-day Romeo, as am I. I hope that Joe ultimately reconnected with Sophia.
As a closet romantic, one of my favorite lines that depicts the power of love's chemistry comes from the master of the human heart himself...William Shakespeare; "You draw me you hard-hearted adamant, leave me your power to draw, and I shall have no power to follow you" (Helena, in A Mid Summer Night's Dream)