It’s City Daily Photo’s Theme Day again and today’s theme is “Electricity.” The photo above may be enigmatic, but it is about electricity. I’ll explain.
I worked many years ago for a non-profit youth corps that did projects on public lands, building trails, clearing brush and such. We rented a small shop space where our crews met, picked up tools, and headed off to work. One night we had a devastating fire. When I arrived to “secure” the site the firemen were pumping out the rivers of water they’d poured on to stop the flames. The building was a total loss.
We were instructed to inventory our losses as they were carted out to dumpsters we rented for clean-up. The day was a steady parade of melted, charred, lumps and chunks. The item pictured above includes part of a face mask and an exhaust pipe. I call it my fire sculpture and have kept it for over two decades. It reminds me that the tangible, solid, and secure things of our lives can suddenly be illusion.
Electricity? You may have guessed: the fire was traced directly to an electrical circuit panel. A well-meaning staff member had done some rewiring and hadn’t gotten it right. Electricity says more to me than the power to run our stuff, the drama of a storm. It’s a force we ought not be overly casual about.