Below are finals for Phil’s expected exhibit at Highland Coffees Baton Rouge this year– January–February 2022. The basic theme of the show “Retrospective: 1969-1973: We Were Just Kids ” reflects ideas and influences based on us older folks looking back at our youth, not with nostalgia but maybe a new awareness of life.
Much as with Robin Williams in “Dead Poets Society,” asking his his young students to look at faces of youth from years gone by and admonishing them to carpe diem: “pluck the day,” Phil hopes you see the energy and vitality in these young faces from 50 years ago seizing their day and living their lives in the moment.
As Phil put these together, he did not seek nostalgia nor an accurate representation of those times (although you are welcome to if you want) . Rather, in looking back, he found a feeling of youthfulness we all possess at whatever age. Our opportunities are always plucking the one-day-at-a-time opportunities of our daily existence.
Phil also reflected on the 1960s song by a young Bob Dylan– Bob Dylan’s Dream (a prophetic song for all of us alive now), on Simon and Garfunkel’s Old Friends, on Patti Smith’s autobiography Just Kids and on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 where art becomes that thing that outlives us all.
One other sub theme is the Neighborhood… those individual communities that we always form in youth that eventually break apart and sometimes re-connect. These formed around LSU and Chimes Street, downtown at Spanish Town Road (then Boyd Street),and the arts and music venues scattered across the campus areas. Others formed at the first real pop festival in Louisiana New Orleans Pop held in Prairieville Racetrack (then the New Orleans city fathers did not want all those hippies in their town.)
Some of the folks here were a young Henry Gray, a group of leather makers from Nodding Stone who sold their wares at The General Store/Daily Planet, an artist Mark Cherry leaning on a VW bus parked what would be outside today’s CT, Dewey Balfa down at the Old State Capitol, kids fishing on City park lake, kids playing basketball just off campus and so on. Others center around the folk /blues singer Joelle Goblowski, who entertained us around campus.
Some are long gone but their eyes still enlighten our hearts.
The web show is divided into three parts:
- The photos appearing in Clarke Cadzow’s Highland Coffees Exhibit in November 2021.
- Those submitted to a panel of judges but did not make Clarke’s show because of space.
- Those that had some noteworthiness to them but were not included in the above.