Man and the Natural World

Before I tell you about a photographic exhibition I went to the other day, I want to mention the ESTA application for our trip to New York next month. Does anyone know what ‘moral turpitude’ is? I’m certain I’ve never been arrested or convicted of an offence or crime involving moral turpitude, so was able to tick the ‘No’ box, but was just wondering.

Here is Question B on the application form: “B) Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; or have been arrested or convicted for two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentence to confinement was five years or more; or have been a controlled substance trafficker; or are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?”

Question C was even better. Does anyone ever answer ‘Yes’ to this question? I suspect it is used as the basis for throwing people out of the US. ‘You told us fibs. Off you go!’

‘ C) Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 were you involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?’

So why are we going to New York? Well, when we went three years ago we did the Met, MoMA and the Frick, so this time I’ve got the Whitney and the Guggenheim on the list. Watch this space!

Meanwhile back in Bolton, Terry Johnson has an exhibition of photographs at the Gallery at St George’s House. (As always, I apologise for the reflections from the glass.)

TJ2Terry explained the ideas behind his photographs in his Artist Statement.

“My images often ask as many questions of the viewer as they offer answers. … [They] bring together man and the natural world, often including people in my images along with wildlife. … I feel strongly about images conveying a message and try to create work that can be appreciated by all whether positively or negatively – I want my images to make you think, if only for a short time.”


Here are a couple more of Terry’s photos in the exhibition.



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10 Responses to Man and the Natural World

  1. Nancy Farmer says:

    Those questions always made me laugh John! Don’t you remember they appeared on a small green form that if – and only if – you had a British passport, you got to fill out while actually on the aeroplane rather than beforehand. British people were apparently trusted to do the decent thing and know not to get on a plane to the USA if they were members of the Nazi party. It was only years later that I realised that this was not the case for the rest of the world and they had to say they were not members of the Nazi party in advance… Doesn’t it also ask if you have murdered anyone lately or some such?
    Oh yes, also like the photo of the pig (?) and the roadsign! 🙂

  2. What about that turpitude substitute ?

  3. seascapesaus says:

    Turpitude. Isn’t that something used by oil painters?

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