The Juxtaposition Approximation

This is an experiment. Dream up a title and see if I can come up with an image or images that “define” it.

The title above just popped into my head as words sometimes do, and I liked the sound of them together. I have no idea what they mean together, how they might relate, but I’m going to try to play on them as a title.

The first image that came to mind was this image from my “American Flag Series”

The StrandThe Strand Theater, Seymour, Connecticut © Steven Willard

The juxtaposition of elements; Guns, Knights of Columbus, Bingo, the movie title, and the American flag to the far right with the trash can below, begs the question of relevance. What does one thing have to do with the other(s)? Is there true irony here, or just an amusing coincidence, and if it is amusing, why?

Another flag related image from the same series is perhaps more opaque.

Protect-and-DefendProtect and Defend, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

If one doesn’t know the heraldic symbolism of the griffin, this is still a photograph of a heartfelt expression that has been fairly commonly seen, and interesting for the additional information that it was near Thanksgiving.

If, on the other hand, we add the fact that the griffin with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle was the legendary guardian of treasures and pricess possessions, the juxtaposition takes on a more powerful meaning. For what else are our troops but legendary protectors of our national treasure and our priceless possessions?

These are only two that I was able to come up with on the spur of the moment, but I’m going to keep working at it. They are examples of how juxtaposition can be important, but how these juxtaposed subjects are only approximate in their relevance to the main subject; they are tangential to the primary subject.

Have some fun. Think up your own titles for projects or series; make them broad and general, and see if you can come up with images that fit.


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