Me and Mr. Eggleston (and our tricycles)

I can swear and, I believe, you are capable of not believing that in 2018 in Paranapiacaba (SP-Brazil) I took this photograph of the top of the diptych I was already aware of this iconic photo by William Eggleston (which is mentioned in the literature as “Untitled, Tricycle and Memphis, 1970”), but I did not imagine that today I would be comparing mine with his made practically from the same angle.

Observing international criticism, this lower angle gives Eggleston’s famous photo very inspired considerations like this one by Mark Feeney: “Looking up at the sky, Eggleston’s camera gives that tricycle the majesty – and ineffability – of an archangel’s throne” (William Eggleston’s Big Wheels, Smithsonian Magazine – August 2011). Feeney also notes that Eggleston’s tricycle dominates the foreground of the photo “like a chariot of very youthful gods“. And he adds: “archangels, deities: for Eggleston, the profane is what’s sacred”.

“My tricycle”. Paranapiacaba (SP), Brazil. 2018.
William Eggleston’s Tricycle. Menphis, USA. 1970.

You who are reading this text what about my tricycle? I hope you say good things since my tricycle is at a great disadvantage – to say the least – to Eggleston made in 1970. This iconic photograph was recently auctioned for just over half a million US dollars. I would be happy with good readings from my tricycle and, perhaps, a very minimal fraction – a very tinny fraction – of Eggleston’s dollars for my tricycle.

Do you want to buy it?

Published by Antonio Mozeto

I'm an amateur photographer based in the city of São Carlos, São Paulo state, SE Brazil. I used to make photographs since I was about 15-17 years old. My first camera was a Olympus Trip, an analogue camera. Many years after that I switched to several digital cameras. Presently I own a Nikon D500 with a small set of lenses and a Fujifilm X100T 23mm. A few years after my retirement as an university professor, after teaching Environmental Chemistry at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) for 45 years, I decided to invest money and time dedicating myself more seriously to photography. I´ve taken on-line courses as well as I´ve participated to various photography festival across Brazil. By far, my biggest interest is street photography. And in it, I'm interested in portraits, everyday street scenes and architecture.

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