Showing posts with label portrait. Show all posts
Showing posts with label portrait. Show all posts

Monday, May 11, 2020

The General And His Steed ...

“Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.”
 (“If you seek his monument, look around.”)
  ~ Epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, of which he was architect. The phrase is generally used to describe a person’s legacy – and can be taken to mean that what we leave behind (including intangible things like relationships) best represents our life.

General Harry C. Trexler looks majestic and stately on horseback as the beauty of a summer afternoon brushes this beautiful bronze statue of his image at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The statue depicts General Trexler on his horse, Jack 'O Diamonds.

I presented the image in sepia to enhance the nostalgic mood.

General Trexler (1854-1933) is the father of Allentown’s park system. He was an industrialist, agriculturist, philanthropist, conservationist and soldier. The park is his namesake.

During his lifetime, General Trexler contributed a great deal to the growth and quality of life in the City of Allentown and the surrounding County of Lehigh. 

This bronze statue of General Trexler was presented to the City of Allentown by his trustees Nolan P. Benner, William B. Butz, Joseph S. Young, Carl J.W. Hessinger and Richard E. White. It was commissioned January 16, 1979 and dedicated May 8, 1982.

General Trexler was a great man, and I’m personally very thankful to him, as Trexler Memorial Park and Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania are two of my very favorite places to be and to photograph.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Just Clint ...

“There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul.”
       ~ Clint Eastwood
            ~ Born May 31, 1930

Ruggedly handsome and immensely talented, Clint Eastwood – actor, director, producer, composer, businessman and politician – is an American icon, born May 31, 1930.

After achieving success in the Western TV series “Rawhide” (1959-1965), Eastwood rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five “Dirty Harry” films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.

Eastwood has starred in such films as “The Beguiled” (1971), “Play Misty for Me” (1971), “Every Which Way But Loose” (1978), and “The Bridges Of Madison County” (1995), and directed films including “American Sniper” (2014).

Clint Eastwood strikes a pose in this image, likely from the late 1960s or early 1970s, in which his eyes seem to be a window to his quote, “There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul.” It’s Clint being just Clint … and he indeed gives this girl the vapors!

I processed this photo in sepia and added background texture by Jai Johnson for artistic effect.