For one brief shining moment,
the Viennese weather gods pulled back the clouds
to welcome a present-day knight, Sir Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney went to Kunsthaus Wien for a private viewing
of a retrospective devoted to the oeuvre of Linda McCartney
The exhibition opened last night to the public
I have not read any reviews yet, and I won't even think
about attempting to give you one here, I am not an art critique.
I will tell you though, that seeing Linda McCartney's photographs
was a deeply emotional experience. We read all too often
about the heavy burden of fame, its insidious ways
of destroying lives. And there I was, walking among images
of a family that filled me with deep inner joy,
seeing how they had built private lives,
in the best way imaginable.
One of the photographs, blown up to larger than life size,
portrays a father with two small children, sitting on a fence,
a wee one in his arms, the other one hanging on next to him,
a teacup in her hand.
They are dressed in comfortable clothes,
paint spots on Paul's face hint of taking
a break from a paint job around the farm.
The whole image speaks of love; a modern-day family
with the mother behind the camera, an artist
who pushes the shutter at the precise moment that captures the soul.
My daughter noticed a small picture of tulips
that almost echoes one taken by me in my home,
quite possibly the same year. She has lost an aunt,
my sister, even younger than Linda, and we were both reflecting
what it must mean to a husband walking through the life he once shared
with this beloved woman who captured so many of their happy moments on celluloid.
Go, see what Linda McCartney, the artist,
saw through her lens, it is art at its finest
Photographed 5 June 2013
Images and Text © Merisi
Link -> Linda McCartney Homepage
Link -> Linda McCartney at Kunsthaus Wien:
"The exhibition has been produced by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with
Linda Enterprises Ltd. The curatorial work has been done by members of the
McCartney family and Andreas Hirsch, curator of KUNST HAUS WIEN,
in collaboration with Claudia Schmid of Linda Enterprises Ltd."