|photo by amy|
Reading flowerville's blog yesterday (see link under "sites to see"), I came across a striking photo of barbed wire (click on her interview about photography and then on her flickr site) that she had titled Johnny Hoogerland.
|posted by spencer|
The reference to the Tour de France disaster caused by the driver of a radio/tv car, a reference that gave context to a bucolic photo of a tangled splice of barbed wire against the long thin and sometimes twisted and thorny forms of natural plants, reminded me of some other photos of barbed wire posted by students in my interdisciplinary class on barbed wire. [see more of them here: http://barbedwireconstructingthemeaning.blogspot.com/]
Amy's photo of a horse's leg up against a fence highlights the dangerous nature of this steel fence, as does the Aerosmith album. Steel and thorny wire vs. animal flesh. No contest, as Johnny Hoogerland experienced.
|Hoogerland crash in 2011 Tour de France (and he kept riding)|
Additionally, barbed wire is used as a sign, a marker of meaning. The contrast between the meanings of the tattoo on Pamela Anderson's arm (she's tough, dangerous, desirable) and the tattoo on the Russian prisoner's forehead (he's confined for life) makes this point starkly.
|spencer found this photo of Pam Anderson|
|russian prison tattoo: life sentence; diego found this|