Tonje Bøe Birkeland, from Tuva Tengel (1901-1985), the story of a fictitious adventurer in 1920s Mongolia.
Every caravan rider’s eyes become the gaze of a photographer, hunting the play of light and shadow across the landscape. Memory becomes the body’s camera. Finally, the body grows so aware of every variation that the gaze mirrors something untamed inside. One gets the wild, but focused gaze of the nomad. It was with such a gaze I first saw these cliffs. I don’t miss other faces now that I can hunt for the light that sweeps over the cliff. I wish to stay here long enough that I’ve had enough, that I lose the need to share this view with others. The view ought to be conserved rather than distributed.
Oct 17, 2012