|On exhibit at Fotografiska NY in 2020:|
Ellen von Unwerth's photo of David Bowie and Kate Moss.
... Just for one day.
Have you ever had a social media post go viral?
I experienced that on a small scale earlier today, with this Twitter post of a throwback photo of the epic Jersey City mural by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra:
Bowie's artistry deserves universal praise, so tributes on what would have been his 75th birthday meant something to many.
What I particularly admire is how Bowie remained productive, provocative and relevant as he grew older. I only wish I could be as creative.
His song "Life on Mars" gives me chills. I parroted it (without reference to Hermione Farthingale's hair) as part of a writing exercise this past April (read more here and here). New Jersey poet Alicia Cook had provided a prompt to write a poem with the line "life only exists where there's water."
I naturally thought of Mars. It was also days after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Minnesota. So for my exercise, I wrote this "Eight Line Poem," named after the song that immediately proceeds "Life on Mars" on Bowie's "Hunky Dory" album.
Is there life on Mars?
Life only exists where there's water,
in lakes hidden below the icy surface.
Here on earth,
it's a God-awful small affair.
Life only exists where we let it:
Take a look at the lawman
beating up the wrong guy.
As I grow older, I've grown to appreciate the limits of my creativity... and relevancy. But every once in a while, I write something or post an image that means something to someone else.
I love the magic of that.
Social media—as dangerous as it's proven to be—is also empowering.
One of the most extraordinary things in my life is that I'm able to publish without permission.