stretched like a surface of millstone grit between body and mind,
where such necessity grinds itself out.
recently that the distinction between human and natural histories—much of which had been preserved even in environmental histories that saw the two entities in interaction— has begun to collapse. For it is no longer a question simply of man having an interactive relation with nature. This humans have always had, or at least that is how man has been imagined in a large part of what is generally called the Western tradition. Now it is being claimed that humans are a force of nature in the geological sense. A fundamental assumption of Western (and now universal) political thought has come undone in this crisis.
Just two baby monkeys hugging.
Paul Seawright, Invisible Cities series.
From “Exception to the Norm: Representations of Urban Africa in Paul Seawright’s Invisible Cities”:
Seawright’s photographs of [sub-Saharan Africa] document these new urban spaces. The focus is not on the large monuments, landmarks, or signature buildings that would often be used to characterise a city. Nor does Seawright give us the bustling markets, chaotic street-life, or overcrowded transport systems that are so much a part and parcel of the visitors experience of urban African. Instead he concentrates on the edges of these cities: the spaces through which the residents navigate their day to day lives. We get deserted lane-ways, apartment buildings, motor-way overpasses, roadside billboards and parking lots. His camera moves into interior spaces to show us hospital waiting rooms, non-descript offices, bars and classrooms. When people appear in the photographs they are either alone or in small groups. They seem to be in states of suspended animation: waiting, staring, sometimes sleeping.