Reading “ON [____]SCAPES” and some new scenes from the Edge of Manhattan

“ON [____]SCAPES: Let me know you made it there okay. Send a postcard? Wish You Were Here.” – Daonne Huff, Studio Museum in Harlem

We need a break, a change of view, an escapadean escape—let’s get some air.
-scape: a view or picture of a scene—usually used in combination, a noun (Merriam-Webster). Add land, city, sky, space, quiet, sound, etc. etc. etc. as is applicable for you and your viewpoint.

Daonne Huff

 …Indigenous ancestralscapes…

Daonne Huff

For someone who has tended to feel like an air plant much of their life, these drives were an attempt to feel the connections, to incite the spirits to take me in as kin.

Daonne Huff

…can I be refreshed, restored, replenished for a moment before going back into the heat, into the work, into the day-to-day struggle and toil? 

Daonne Huff

Hughie Lee-Smith’s paintings explore the tensions created in an atmosphere of physical and psychological alienation. Here, the tied ribbons and fading colors of the rooftop mural suggest that people were once present in this now-abandoned scene. Through compositional techniques—including shadowing, perspectival manipulation, and the use of symbols such as the question marks at center—Lee-Smith creates a sense of isolation that speaks to the ambiguity felt by those on the margins of society.

Hughie Lee-Smith (Eustis, Florida), Festive Vista,1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Some new scenes from the Edge of Manhattan

We lived in joy, the joy of living without interference, without persecution, without unnatural threat. The joy of running. The joy of digging. The joy of hunting earthworms through the dirt. The joy of the wind against fur. The joy of muddy paws. The joy of sleeping next to mate and kits. The joy of climbing trees. The joy of swimming in streams. The joy of mating and raising children. The joy of digging burrows. The joy of playing in meadows. The joy of snapping at fireflies at dusk. The joy of napping on smooth stones, on moss, on beds of ferns. The joy of the warmth on fur.

Dead Astronauts, Jeff Vandernmeer

The twenty-five pictures are not portraits, for example, the genre that Bey has mined and enriched for the past forty years, but unpeopled landscapes.

Dawoud Bey’s Shadowy Landscapes Trace Paths of the Underground Railroad, Matthew S. Witkovsky, ARTnews

Lenape Words (Unami)

English: leaves (as on a plant)

Lenape: këmpàhko

English: The leaves are green.

Lenape: Nèl këmpahko àskàskweyo

English: trees

Lenape: hìtkuk

English: sky

Lenape: mushhàkw

English: summer

Lenape: nipën

English: We are now experiencing summer.

Lenape: Yukwe ta nipënëmihëna.

Additional Excerpts

His landscape photographs used a kind of pictorial conventionality. In series such as A.O.N.B. (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an institutional acronym), 1982-5, and The Forest, 1986, Arnatt saw this as a consequence of an interest in typological and genre pre-occupations which were artefacts too (in the sense that subject-matters are emphatically, again, art historically marked by type). In the 1980s he would talk of his interest in art historian Norman Bryson’s adoption of the expression ‘rhopography’ (the overlooked; the insignificant). Later colour works deployed all of the artifice he associated with picture making, including (Notes from Jo, 1991-1995) apparent self-effacement or ridicule. A strategy that connects later works to early works.

Keith Arnatt Estate, About

Vampires, and the Paleolithic Age. Oh, and running from Zombies!

Peter Watt’s vampires still lingers in my head. In his Blindsight/Echopraxia sci-fi universe, Watts invents a premise for his world where vampires truly existed, as an evolutionary offshoot from early Homo sapiens, and also went extinct by the time we invented architecture. Geometric structures with 90 degrees, perpendicular lines — and BANG! Crucifix Glitch, their visual cortexes fry like a circuit in a shitstorm… Watts’s words.

No part in his books takes place in the Paleolithic Age, which left me frustratingly thinking more about how these speculative hominids would have existed. Or any of other human cousins. Or how we existed back then.

What if any our cousins existed to this day?

Did they have what we call consciousness?

And if any of them didn’t, what would that be like to witness them?

I want to feel that connection with these ancestors.

I told Christina that I wanted to make things from scratch. I wanted something feel better suited to forge my path in life. I wanted a piece of humanity that I considered a birthright.

We made a date of it, traveled to Marine Park, and learned about stone knapping by the shore of Jamaica Bay.

Earth Science class started to feel really familiar again.

Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Which one did obsidian belong to? Conchoidal fractures… I need you so much!

And I recently joined Zombies, Run! and caught the runner bug. It’s a really cool audio adventure where you can walk, jog, and run as you complete story missions, collect supplies, and evade zombies. I’m also thinking of it as remembering how to run from predators or angry large animals. There also happen to be some Stone Age story modes I haven’t checked out yet.

Media Influences

Blindsight book best chapiter (sic) – Peter Watt (YouTube)

The Vampire Movie They Don’t Want You to See. In Praise of Shadows. (YouTube)

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973). (YouTube)

Stephen King’s Other Vampire Story In Praise of Shadows. (YouTube)

BBC Radio: Salem’s Lot

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Gay Vampires with Religious Trauma. goldfish.brain. (Spotify)

Annihilation – I’m So Sorry That You Have to Have a Body. Boring Keith. (YouTube)

How Throwing Made Us Human. (YouTube)

When We First Made Tools. PBS Eons. (YouTube)

How to Find Flintknapping Rock, Unusual Materials, Knapping Tips + Tricks, Quartz, Primitive Survival. Wilderness Quest Outdoors. (YouTube)

Starting the Stone Age. How to Make Everthing (YouTube)

Cherokee Traditions: Flintknapping. Visit Cherokee Nation (YouTube)

Zombies, Run! Zombie apocalypse running playlist. (Spotify)

Mini-post: May 21st, Bronx Zoo

Went to the Bronx Zoo with Tiya and Matt. I wanted to work on snapshot aesthetics again, but this times, using ideas from The Anonymous Project and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ‘Diorama’ series.

Nicer Tuesdays: The Anonymous Project. It’s Nice That. (YouTube)

A History of Snapshot Photography – Take Your Pick at UMMA. UMMAMuseum. (YouTube)

WAJDA PHOTO – Vernacular Photography: Snapshots as Unintentional Art. Kenneth Wajda. (YouTube)

WAJDA PHOTO – The Magic of Snapshots AKA Vernacular Photographs. Kenneth Wajda. (YouTube)

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Four Decades of Photographing Dioramas. American Museum of Natural History. (YouTube)

Plethora of Pictures



The edge

Hybrid land

Convergent evolution

Environmental anthropology

“During the American revolution the term wigwam was used by British soldiers to describe a wide variety of makeshift structures.

Latest Consumptions

Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images by Catherine Zuromskis

Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

Me, Myself, and Land

Digging up more photos from my archives, changing them, and trying out new possibilities, or identities for them

Post-analog photography revival

What is the film look that escapes digital photography?

How to remember something you didn’t experience first-hand?

Reality is null, there is only…

Art-making doesn’t feel like an efficient way to live for my circumstances.

Recent Consumptions

Can’t Help Myself & Death of the Author (YouTube)

Masters of Photography, Ernst Haas

Lartigue: Life in Color

Deep South by Sally Mann

what i see by Brooklyn Beckham

Ancient and Modern by William Eggleston

Still Time by Sally Mann