Photos Of BSA #1: The All-Seeing Eye

Happy Holidays! We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA readers, friends, and family for all of your support in 2022. We have selected some of our favorite shots by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, and we’re sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street.

The eye has been blinking at us throughout art history, Western and Eastern, high and low. Whether intended to ward off evil, illustrate anatomy, or be a window into the soul, the artist has opened our perceptions with the image of an eye for centuries. Here we see the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat on display in New York this year to remind us of our responsibility to see each other, to safeguard individual liberty, and to provide witness to injustice, corruption, and suffering.

Today of course, we wonder what kind of life awaits us as we have allowed technology to trace our faces and eyes and every action, transaction, reaction, and inaction we have – an electronic eye, if you will. We are reminded of this regularly by images that appear on the street.

Let’s vow this year to keep an eye on each other like a community, a family, or a loved one.

Shirin Neshat. Offered Eyes, 1993. From the exhibition Eyes on Iran at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park. Roosevelt Island, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)