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?

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