NEW YORK NEW YORK – Today I’m documenting the most elaborate gift that we have ever received. We have a friend of very long standing who is a London-based architect. For our wedding anniversary he painted in miniature a copy of Tiepolo’s Anthony and Cleopatra with Maria’s face on Cleopatra and mine on Anthony. No kidding. And then he built an elaborate frame to house it. Tiepolo is one of my big three Italian artists of all time. The image Guill selected is lush and voluptuous, full of Tiepolo excesses. Operatic. Just like Maria and me. Wow. (Let’s leave aside the fact that things ended badly for Anthony and Cleopatra.) Here it is in living black and white shot with my Leica S2 medium format camera and a 120mm macro lens from a tripod (I got serious with this one). Actually two frames stitched to maximize detail.
On this day one year ago: gas station.