Strawberry Fields Forever

I often post this photo on or around today, December 8. The anniversary of the murder of John Lennon.

Shot this December 8, 2011. I was in New York, at a conference.

After a couple of days, though, I’m weary of sitting in conference rooms, listening to speakers blather on.

Late in the afternoon on the 8th, I decided to jump ship. I’m about 20 blocks away from Strawberry Fields, and it’s the anniversary of John Lennon’s death.

I grab my camera from my room and hail a cab.

I jump out near The Dakota apartment buildings. It’s chilly and drizzly, and in that blue hour when day turns into evening. Quite a number of people are gathered in Strawberry Fields. Not quite hundreds but a good-size crowd.

Always on this day, I think about going there on that day. And meeting Matt, the then-14 year old who had more than a passing resemblance to John.

I stayed for about an hour, documenting the scene. The drizzle stopped, I decided to walk back down Columbus Ave toward Midtown, past the bright shops now decorated for Christmas around Peter Jennings Way.

I still heard the singing – All we are sayyyyying/Is give peace a chance – in my head.

I don’t think John would like the direction the world is going now.

Peace has no chance, it seems.

And I wonder what 24 year-old Matt is doing today.

Will he be back at Strawberry Fields, masked up, singing the anthems written from a bloke from Liverpool?

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2020

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