Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Window, Bonito

Inside the D-ring enormous dwelling in Chaco Canyon. Washboard gravel road turns paved when you near the hub of Anasazi roads. Like Rome, they all lead there. One-way loop traffic operates in isolated luxury. Being shown what to see - barbaric.

I love airplanes. From the air, everything is small. But from below, the world outside promises to be so much bigger. That feeling is what matters. Photographs from planes first told humans much that we didn't know, showed us what we could see. Going up can reveal so much when approached humbly. Now we treat this bird's view as our own. Seeing the picture from there somehow became our right. The authority. The utility. The truth. It's desperately important to remember the difference.

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