“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
― Susan Sontag
the New York Times article’s conversation surrounding one of the most difficult events the 9/11 Museum has yet to face: it’s opening in May. From space restrictions to stakeholder sensitivities, the Museum has a momentous task ahead of it, and the magnitude of that is equally represented within the first photograph. The reflective the glass, as well as the width of the shot allow for an encompassing view of the Museum’s site, though not clearly, as to create an artistic flare and highlight the subject: Mr. Daniels.
Personally, I find many different compelling about the composition of this shot, as well the subject matter. In this day and age where many of us are able to remember vividly the events of September 11th, 2001, the fact that the chief photograph in this particular is not of those events, or the aftermath, is very effective in promoting the article’s mission. It is not to politicize, romanticize, or even memorialize those involved with 9/11, but to discuss the intricacies of building, opening, and maintaining a museum and memorial of such significance to today’s generations. Compositionally, the photograph is well lit and follows the rule of thirds horizontally. I also applaud the photographer, as the reflective glass is both beautiful and very difficult to shoot properly without having the photographer reflect as well as the subject. Gilbertson captured a moment; a moment of contemplation, of silence, in a city full of noise, and for that alone she has gained my respect.
|Most Amigurumi are crocheted in rounds. This round was created using the magic circle technique.|
|When crocheting, it’s important to keep track of the number of rounds. In addition to counting, stitch counters, the purple circle in the top left, are very helpful|
Compositionally, this “ami” is made in two parts: the body and the tentacles. Both pieces are started with a technique called “The Magic Circle”, which creates a tight beginning so the stuffing doesn’t escape. After that, basic stitches are used like single crochets, increases, decreases and half-doubles. The most difficult part of this creature are the tentacles which are made in a continuous piece and require knowledge of working in the round (circle) as well as half-doubles. After crafting both pieces, the head which resembles a hacky-sack, and the tentacle circle which resembles a mess of techni-color spaghetti, all that is left is sewing the two together using similar yarn and BAM! Hello Mr. Squishy, IE this particular “ami” octopus.
|In the end, the “Ami” is stuffed and then sewn shut using the same yarn.|
After he has been put together, Mr. Squishy will join his herd of Octopi brothers and sisters in a pre-paid USPS box to join my sister in South Carolina. Normally, I don’t sell my work, but after my sister almost got mobbed by a bunch of geeky teenagers asking her where she got hers, I figured I could help her raise some money for the local Drama Club. She sells them for about $8-15, depending on the yarn and size. Overall, crochet and amigurumi is a great way to relive some stress so we don’t die before we have a chance to finish our theses.
|Introducing Mr. Squishy, a crocheted octopus amigurumi, about the size of a hacky-sack.|