Sunday, December 13, 2015

Evanston: Robert Capa; then and now

        I came across a collection of photographs by Robert Capa.
        The one above taken in France in 1939 is captioned:  Former member of the Barcelona Philharmonic at a concentration camp for Spanish refugees.
        Here is probably his most famous image.

        The photos cover a little over twenty years from the 1930s until Capa’s death at age forty when he stepped on a land mine during the French Indochina War.
        Robert Capa was known mostly as a war photographer.   There are powerful images of the Spanish Civil War, Japan’s invasion of China, WWII, Indochina.  But you will also find Trotsky giving a speech in Denmark in 1932 and various artists and celebrities:  Picasso, Matisse, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Gary Cooper, Bogart.
        The images are best seen by clicking on ‘view image only’.  


        The passage did not end at Cape Horn.  It would be three more months before I climbed up the pilings of Auckland’s King’s Wharf and stepped onto land.  
        So much of life is subjective and ambiguous.  Rounding a cape is not.  It is simple and direct.  You either do it or you don’t.  Forty years ago today no one else in the world knew that I had rounded Cape Horn; but I knew and that made all the difference.
        If you read yesterday’s entry you know that I ate a can of beef stew for dinner and I did not even have a sip of brandy to celebrate.  I had yet to discover Laphroaig.
        Last evening Carol and I shared a bottle of good wine with a wonderful salmon and grilled vegetable pasta she made.  Carol is a great cook when she has time.  And of course I poured some Laphroaig into a crystal glass.
        A friend wrote wondering if I have been reliving this experience to prepare myself for attempting to round Cape Horn from the east in GANNET or to prove that once is enough.  He had forgotten that I passed Cape Horn a second time, although not solo.
        I do worry about the cold.  Even in what has so far been a mild winter, my shoulder bothers me when the temperature drops.  
        But if you were to open iNavX on the iPad mini I use as a chartplotter you would find a waypoint off Horn Island.  The bearing from where I sit is 169º.  The distance 5,972 nautical miles.