Life and War with Mikey Fatboy Delgado
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Clifford Coffin's photograph of Ernest Hemingway in American Vogue, November 1950
It is Cuba, 1950, a hot room in summer. The photograph is black and white and somehow the wall behind him, the wall with the bullfight poster and the head of the antelope murdered for the purpose, is turning red for me, a pre-echo.
A glass sweats in his hand. He is cool without his shirt as they sit on the sofa. He is looking into her eyes, looking. She is not looking into his eyes, not looking. His foot rests on a stool emblazoned with a cross.
The photograph is black and white.
He has captured the red of the blood.