Still Point of The Turning World
Photographs by Frank Hunter
On view through June 30, 2010
Reception: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 5-6 p.m.
Allen Gallery, 2nd floor, Allen Building, West Campus, Duke University
Hosted by Provost Peter Lange
Garlic and sapphires in the mud
Clot the bedded axle-tree.
The trilling wire in the blood
Sings below inveterate scars
Appeasing long forgotten wars.
The dance along the artery
The circulation of the lymph
Are figured in the drift of stars
Ascend to summer in the tree
We move above the moving tree
In light upon the figured leaf
And hear upon the sodden floor
Below, the boarhound and the boar
Pursue their pattern as before
But reconciled among the stars.
At the still point of the turning world.
—T. S. Eliot, from “Burnt Norton,” Four Quartets
Frank Hunter, a native of El Paso, Texas, grew up in the desert Southwest. Hunter, who received an M.A. in communications from the University of Colorado and an M.F.A. in photography from Ohio University, teaches the fundamentals of photography and courses in nineteenth-century photographic processes in Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University. His hand-coated platinum/palladium photographs, made with an 8 x 10 view camera, portray the cultural landscape with a singular lyricism.