Friday, February 17:
Tonight I happen to be watching an Italian movie called The Son’s Room. As I think about what photo to post for this week’s photo challenge, DOWN, a song called “By This River” by Brian Eno plays in the movie.
Here we are
Stuck by this river,
You and I
Underneath a sky that’s ever falling down, down, down
Ever falling down.
When I hear the words “underneath a sky,” “falling down” and “stuck by this river,” a picture I once took comes to mind. This picture was taken at a Trick Art Exhibit at a museum in Daegu, South Korea. It’s a picture of my friend Anna, hanging to a sheer cliff face, terrified of falling down. The picture was actually taken so that what looks like the vertical wall is a horizontal painting on the floor. Anna is lying on the floor here, pretending to look down, terrified of falling. Down.
Here’s another picture, taken in Jaisalmer, India, on a “camel safari,” which is basically just a one-hour camel ride through the desert. Looking down from the camel, we see an elongated shadow of ourselves on our camel. Sometimes what’s down is more interesting than what’s up.