TWO VIEWS: “The Snow Man”

Alex Webb, Brooklyn, 2011

In celebration of last night’s snow storm — and the snowiest January in NYC history — we’re posting some of Alex’s photographs taken early the morning after in our Park Slope neighborhood, accompanied by Rebecca’s reading of Wallace Stevens’ “The Snow Man,” filmed by Alex.

We’re dedicating the column today to Deborah Baril, Rebecca’s sister, in celebration of another event — her birthday.–– Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

The Snow Man


One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Alex Webb, Brooklyn, January, 2011

Alex Webb, Brooklyn, January, 2011

Alex Webb, Brooklyn, January, 2011

Alex Webb, Brooklyn, January, 2011

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5 Responses to “TWO VIEWS: “The Snow Man””

  1. Paul Says:

    Hi Alex, I’m a big fan of your work. What film are you using now that Kodachrome is history? Thanks.

  2. Bjarte Edvardsen Says:

    Snow, long shadows, poem, voice, dark street… I find this inspiring, and I keep scrolling up to the first photograph while figuring out what to write here. Love those long shadows pointing towards the person and the dog.

    Thanks for sharing the January mood of New York.

  3. Justin Partyka Says:

    Alex and Rebecca,

    The use of digital cameras and a web blog can allow for a playful immediacy by publishing vignettes of daily encounters and experiences as you did in Hong Kong, and now back home in the snow.

    It’s interesting and enjoyable to see you exploring this.

    Look forward to the new book.



  4. david 'ukaleq' belay Says:

    Lucky you! I’ve always wanted to see New York under the snow…

    And one of my favorite quotes, by the Danish-Greenlandic explorer Knud Rasmussen:

    “Give me snow, give me dogs, you can keep the rest!”

  5. Kenric Johnson Says:

    photographers who read poetry!
    thought you might like this one alex

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