Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ghosts in the Brass

The brass plaque was attractive because of the raindrops. But then people started to pass. I kept the focus on the drops and took several shots. of which this was the most interesting. Brass is quite interesting and is the metal of choice for names is it not? Bronze and brass are symbolically interchangeable (they are both alloys of copper) and in Jungian terms it is an alchemical outcome of a marriage between opposites. - copper and zinc for brass and copper and for bronze, tin and silver. The vault of heaven for Ancient Egyptians was bronze. Romans shaved the heads of priests with a bronze razor. Bronze and brass are generally the metals of religious artifacts and instruments of worship - bells, horns and indeed domes are covered in bronze. It struck me that brass is still used in popular figures of speech. She was "brassed off" with his behaviour. he was "bold as brass" and pejoratively for a certain kind of woman, "brassy". And what about brazen? Not only does it mean covered in brass but "marked by flagrant and insolent audacity", as in "he brazened it out". It's a very tough metal and hence attractive for nameplates on the street. My two subjects however are only reflections, ghosts caught in the brass.