- G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
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I was visiting San Antonio to tend to an ailing parent. I visit the city, where I grew up, about every six weeks, which I find hard, so I always bring a camera to get me out of doors and out of my funk.
One night, unable to sleep, I went out before dawn. Hilderbrand Avenue, was under construction and I got lost somewhere trying to detour around it, winding up in the middle of Brackenridge Park. I parked my car and walked around a bit. I had not been to the park since I was a boy, and at first I had no idea of where I was, until I realized that my grandmother once took me fishing there, on the very bank of the San Antonio River where I stood.
Eventually I saw the first heron take fight, and then another, and another. They took charge of the sky; they flew with such command, no one would think to challenge them. They were beautiful, achingly, hauntingly beautiful. It was as if angels took up residence in the trees; we mortals below, their charges, were oblivious, blundering through our lives unaware, as usual. I suddenly felt at peace because i was witness to their unbounded joy.
They have no fear. They are the heron nation, strong and free.
Tomoko Sawada’s ID400 (1998) was produced while she was a university student and living in Kobe. “The photo machine, a small vending machine-like contraption, can be found in numerous locations around the city.” Sawada spent weeks changing her physical appearance with make-up, clothing, and hairstyles, creating 400 different identities using a machine whose sole purpose is to produce stable images for official documents. The facial characteristics are so varied that the photographic project becomes a compelling study of physiognomy.
Going to see this in Montreal this week as part of le Mois de la Photo. Great that this is happening in the photobooth capital of the world… but that is slowly losing all of its film photobooths.
Before starlings roost, their maneuvers create mesmerizing aerial displays. To achieve synchronicity, each bird shadows seven of its nearest neighbors. EARTHFLIGHT: Europe on NATURE on PBS (check local listings) or watch the full episode of EARTHFLIGHT online.
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