There’s been a show of Civil War photography at the Met, and I’ve been kind of obsessed.  I’ve gone three times now, and there’s one set in particular that I’m drawn to: George Barnard’s photos of Sherman’s Campaign.  Most of the photos were taken the year after the war ended, and there’s a strangeness to many of the images.  The caption will note something intense like “THIS IS THE SPOT WHERE GENERAL HOOD WATCHED ATLANTA BURN”, but all you can see in the photo is a couple of pine trees, and a split rail fence, a lot like this one.  I’d love to do a whole series of these, just mundane spots that lack real history, except for the people who have memories from their own lives tied to them.

Anyway, more talking burgers on Monday.