The thing about a career in the arts is that you never really know if it’s sustainable. For young and emerging artists this causes untold anxiety and stress. For older artists there’s far less worry about sustainability but plenty of concern about relevance.
My portrait of a very special clock above tells a story of its own about longevity. It’s a story about something built tough to withstand decades of use in all conditions. It’s been around for a long time and has more than its share of scars and visible wear. Even a couple of upgrades and modifications can be seen if you look closely.
In the photograph, the clock still (mostly) works and even though a part of the sign is missing, you still can see what it says.
I’ll admit that the hands on the clock didn’t exactly match the time on my phone when I created this photograph. But the phone I was using was a Blackberry that is long gone and forgotten, which is a fate that this clock might not suffer for a very long time.
When the clock’s last day comes to pass it will have endured for an enviable stretch of time.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.