Troy Night Out (July 25, 2008)
Do you remember the King Fuels oil storage tank? The one in South Troy along the Hudson River? It was visible from I-787 and had a face painted on it, some folks called it The Lady. One day it was finally scheduled to be demolished and that “landmark” was erased from my daily drive. As quickly as I was used to seeing it there, I was already accustomed to having is removed, my view unobstructed. Now she’s back, to show me something I could never have seen without someone’s help.
Kersten Lorcher is an award-winning photographer who uses his talents to bring back The Lady, but with a perspective I would have never seen. In a series of contrasting shots, with photographer Uta Susse-Krausse, The Lady is paired with shots of a monastery in Germany. Page after page reveals the destruction of a modern structure against the backdrop of timeless architectural forms. The resulting effect is a revelation of beauty I could never have seen in The Lady’s face.
Kersten will be on hand at Market Block Books for Troy Night Out on Friday, July 25 from 7-8:30pm. The book Beyond Time – Jenseits der Zeit (pictured above) will be available at Market Block Books ($20 paperback). Kersten will also bring along some of the photos from the show out of which these photos were derived.