My 50mm lens is still being repaired, and I’ve taken the opportunity to return to wider angle photography. It’s been a good experience to be limited in equipment, and to work creatively with what I have available.
In the Petit Palais I recently came across a staggering piece of sculpture. At the end of the 19th century, Louis Ernest Barrias took inspiration from the Biblical account of the first act of murder ever committed. The artist displays a scene that does not appear in the Bible, but that one can easily imagine taking place. Adam and Eve find their son’s body, and carry it to a suitable burying place. I was bowled over by this sculpture, and understand why it was awarded the Médaille d’Honneur at the Salon de Paris in 1878. The sculpture is a testament to the power of art and the incredible talent of the artist.
I can’t help but wonder what Adam and Eve must have felt upon discovering their son. They knew not human death. They had not yet seen man’s capacity to take life. Did they understand what had happened to him straight away? Did they indeed, pick up their son and go to bury him, knowing that their actions in the Garden of Eden had somehow led to this?