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June 10th, 2010

Daniel Pontius

Tim II  by David Eichenberg, 2009 © David Eichenberg

Harry  by Michael Gaskell, 2010 © Michael Gaskell

Last Portrait of Mother by Daphne Todd, 2009 © Daphne Todd

The National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Award 2010.

This morning I had been reading Joan Didion, After Henry, in the collection of non-fiction, “We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live, ” 2006.  I went back to reread the following sentence after I came across these portraits: 

I suppose that what I really wanted to say that day at my daughter’s school is that we never reach a point at which our lives lie before us as a clearly marked open road, never have and never should expect a map to the years ahead, never do close those circles that seem, at thirteen and fourteen and nineteen so urgently in need of closing (P 594).

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