Where photo meets the page…
Happy New Year! January is all about Janus, new beginnings and transitions. According to Vintage News, “January is named after Janus- the god with two faces, one looking onwards and the other one backwards.” In many ways, this month felt like a simultaneous exit and enter. One ending is a new beginning in life’s revolving door..
Although I did not intend for duality to be the theme of this photo diary, reflection naturally evolved. While most of the pics from Storm Orlena focused on red objects contrasted in the snow, this month I was obsessed with taking reflection shots and mirrored shots. From the Ceres statue on Lasalle Street to the handholding couple strolling outside of the Esquire theater on Oak Street, I found duality in every street front and in every puddle. Did you know the Ceres statue has no face?
Anderson Locks says, “Janus was the god of doors, gates, and transitions. Janus represented the middle ground between both concrete and abstract dualities such as life/death, beginning/end, youth/adulthood, rural/urban, war/peace, and barbarism/civilization.” Even though still stuck in lockdown quarantine, we all recognized the stark dualities and transitions this month represents and the possibilities for fresh beginnings.